Our Influence: Our direct influence is on the people with whom we partner, but indirectly this influence affects the broader communities in which our partners live and work.
Bridges partners with a wide variety of groups to implement it’s programming, ranging from educational institutions to corporations to individuals to community groups. It is on the individuals who comprise our partners that we have direct influence, and we acknowledge that they, in turn, have direct influence on their communities. Through this trickle-out effect, Bridges is able to affect positive change. We do this by investing in, and building the capacity of people with whom we work so that they might be confident and empowered to respond to issues they observe in their communities and lead/support positive change therein. And, as our partners become leaders within their own communities, they in turn inspire others to do the same.
Graphic: We recognize that the extent of our direct influence is on those with whom we partner, but that we also have tremendous indirect influence on the broader communities in which our partners live and work. As we invest in the capacity growth and leadership development of our partners, they are able to affect positive change for others in their communities.
Example: Tara is a young Aboriginal woman who participated in a Bridges workshop in the Fall of 2011. Through Bridges’ ongoing relationship with, and mentorship of Tara, she is beginning to recognize and realize her potential as a connector of people. In the past year, Tara has started several outreach initiatives in her own community, and is sharing her ideas and the story of her personal growth as a regular contributor to Bridges’ blog. As a community member, Tara’s influence on the communities where she lives and works far surpasses any influence Bridges could or should have. But as Bridges continues to invest in Tara as a leader and help build her capacity, she will affect tremendous change.