KEY 6. The Project Why

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THE PROJECT WHY is what comes to mind when starting, agreeing or pursuing any project.  Sometimes the “Why” is just as important as the project itself. Why did you agree to this project?  This question is important because when committing to a project we want to be able to finish what we started, and asking the “Why” questions allows a deeper understanding of the connection to the project, and commitment to the project.  All of these things matter and are important to take the time to evaluate THE PROJECT WHY, not just when it comes to yourself, but when it comes to others that may be on the project as well.   

Here are 3 PROJECT WHY articles that I wanted to share:

Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project is five years strong and is permanently disrupting stereotypes about disability

Quote from Article: “Wong created the Disability Visibility Project in 2014. “Originally, it started as a one-year campaign to collect oral histories from the disability community in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 2015,” she said. “I formed a community partnership with StoryCorps, an oral history nonprofit because I wanted us to have a chance to tell our own stories and create our own history.”

Volunteers propel St. Albans On Purpose Project

Quote from Article: “St. Albans On Purpose Project Coordinator Angie Breeden said she created the inclusion program to last year by drawing on personal experience. “I have children with disabilities and have done some work in the disability advocacy field,” she said “I realized one of the things in the disability world is that it’s missing and extra little bit of a community aspect. … There’s a whole lot more to life than school and work; people want to get involved in their community. People with disabilities are citizens, and it’s good for them to be a part of the community and contribute in some way.”

Find Disability-Inclusive Dolls and Accessories at This Etsy Shop

Quote from Article: “It’s so important for our children to see themselves represented in the world around them, from those within their own community and characters portrayed on film, to the very toys they play with. But for kids who have hearing aids, cochlear implants, a cleft lip, a tracheostomy, feeding tubes, or surgery scars, it can be challenging to find that representation.

That’s why one mom took it upon herself to start an Etsy shop featuring inclusive dolls and accessories for little kids who need to see a bit of themselves in the world.”

How can considering THE PROJECT WHY allow us to be more purposeful when committing to projects?

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