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Wichita Eagle, Wichita, KS
Asset-based community development — what is at play in the SoCe neighborhood — has some key components: The people in the community are in charge, every person is treated as valuable with gifts to contribute, and listening takes precedence over trying to provide answers. Read More...
KSN Wichita, KS
"Isolation is a bigger public threat than cancer and smoking cigarettes," says Adam Barlow-Thompson, executive director of SoCe Life, an organization focused on changing how neighborhoods evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. "And every person in Wichita has a neighbor who's dealing with isolation."
How many of your neighbors can you name - much less know well? According to the Wichita non-profit SoCe Life, the more neighbors you know, the happier and more healthful you are.
Imagine if everyone who lived around you had something special to contribute. "Instead of what you need - what can you give? What can you offer?" asked Executive Director Adam Barlow-Thompson.
Neighboring Movement.org is trying to tackle poverty by improving relationships within neighborhoods affected by the problem.
Adam said, " We define our neighborhood by the amazing people who are there, and the 'giftedness' that they have. And then we use that 'giftedness' to transform communities from the inside." BarlowThompson's message is communication with the community you live in. It's not a one size fits all, it can be tailored to each community, no matter how small or large.
“They said dress up, I wore sneakers. They said pray daily, I fell asleep trying. They said believe through faith, I loved doubting,” he writes. “Over and over I began to ask, ‘Do these people accept me for who I am?’”
As a young man asking this question, he was right in his assumption that he was different than others who attended church, and now his study has proven it.
Using the concepts of the Process Communication Model (PCM), developed by Taibi Kahler, PhD, the article shows that the institutional Church primarily reaches people who perceive the world through Opinions, Thoughts, and Feelings and unintentionally excludes people who perceive the world through Reactions, Inactions, and Actions. The data for this article was collected using the PCM spiritual model Servants By Design (SBD) created by Dr. Robert Maris in consultation with Taibi Kahler, PhD. By giving individual and cultural examples the authors show the implications of this bias and propose solutions based on Adam’s work. With help of tools developed by Nate Regier, PhD, and the team at Next Element Consulting, LLC. Adam was able to measure changes in self efficacy among churchgoing people who received training in the six perceptual frameworks described in PCM. The changes reflected in the research are paired with stories of how individuals have responded with proper training.
Trainer Report and Fidelity
88% Report Adam connected "well" or "extremely well" with them.
96% Reported that Adam demonstrated the concepts "well" or "extremely well"
Results show positive impact from training.
- 71% Work Relationships
- 69% Personal Relationships
- 72% Teamwork
- 71% Leadership Skills
Comparison to Other Models
69% of participants had used other models before, the most common being: DISC, MBTI, Strengths Finder
97.4% of participants who had used other models rated LOD or PCM as “Much more useful” or “More useful” than any other model they had used.
Satisfaction and Recommendation
98% of participants were “Extremely satisfied” or “Satisfied” with their experience.
94% of participants would recommend this program to others. 56% would do so “Absolutely, without reservation!”
Reference page available upon request.