Louise - Changing Natures

By louisemac

#IWill #DayTwo

Lots of highlights today, with a packed schedule of meetings and discussion sessions in Washington DC.

We started out at Capitol Hill, at the Senate, meeting staffers who work for Senator Enzie from Wyoming - the smallest state in the USA. This added another layer of insight into the relationship between the Federal Govt and the State level - which is so fundamental to how things operate here. Just fascinating.

Then on to the Corporation for National and Community Service, where CEO Wendy Spencer and her superstar team took us through the national citizen service programmes - Americorps and its associated service elements. It is a powerful model - though interesting definitions around "service" and "volunteering" - and so of course the question is how "translatable" is it.

The HQ of NASA was next door and we were able to have lunch in their cafeteria - which was pretty awesome though we didn't spot any astronauts - before heading to our next panel discussion.

This time Wendy from CNCS was joined by Colleen Cibula, COO of the Girl Scouts Nation's Capitol, and Dolores Morton, President of Programs at Points of Light. A great lively session - getting deeper into the issues now as our understanding and grasp of context and culture grows.

People here in Washington have been so incredibly generous with their time and expertise, happy to field our questions - even if sometimes they are only half formed ones! - and really engage in our exploration of the issues. Huge thanks to them all - such a valuable couple of days in the capitol.

And I'll definitely be back to this city - so much I'd like to see and explore!

Next stop - Boston!

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