By Kay Stout
Teamwork, collective impact or solving a problem – whatever you want to call it – means you’ve made the decision that you (and sometimes your group) can’t do it alone. You’re going to work together.
I saw it with the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS) Ride-to-Rescue and Pets for Life programs – it works! The challenge is getting it to work with those who want the answers/ solutions to be their own.
A documentary, “I’ll Push You: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, And One Wheelchair,” explains it in a way I could never have imagined. Here’s a short video trailer of the first trip: https://youtu.be/W7gKD3q0-V0. Watch the video, let me know your thoughts.
What makes it magical for me is that the first journey featured in the story has now led to a second and there’s another planned for next year. The friendship, international cooperation and people willing to change their plans in the documentary is the most beautiful description of friendship I’ve seen.
Today, more than 20 people are learning what Patrick and Justin experienced when they went on the first journey. During their trip, people from 27 countries who were on the same spiritual mission, helped them. And it was that joining that led to the success of a seemingly impossible journey.
We’re also facing a looming challenge today – meeting our goal for Oklahoma to be a Humane State by 2025.
Can it be done? Absolutely, if we work together, just like the many people inspired to help Justin and Patrick.
To learn more about Humane 2025, contact Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org.