The power of story: co-creating a community of learners through reflective practice
Story connects us. Story provides a means for reflection. Story prompts us to move forward. For many centuries the practice of reflection and mindfulness has been used as a way to make meaning of our lives. Working together in community, being servant leaders , and leading for the good of the whole, we use story, reflection, and co-creative leadership practices to help us create a self-organizing community of learners. Through personal story, All Around the Neighborhood, on St. Paul, Minnesota's West Side supports a culture of learning, collaboration, and reflective practice while providing informal learning opportunities for both youth and adults by applying the concept that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. The significance of this research is to document the successful work of All Around the Neighborhood in co-creating a community of learners through the practice of reflection. Using servant leadership as a model to support co-creative learning, the neighborhood invites youth and adults to lead from their strengths to provide learning opportunities for all by sharing their personal stories and experiences.
Newsome, Linda Ruth, "The power of story: co-creating a community of learners through reflective practice" (2010). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 614.