Pomegranate Center prepares communities for the future.
We think every neighborhood deserves to be full of life and beauty. And every person should have the chance to feel connected to their neighbors and the place they live.
The future depends on our ability to work together to find the best solutions, to use resources wisely, and to learn to see our differences as gifts.
Our unique style of community-building combines a creative approach with effective community planning, broad public participation, hands-on learning and leadership development.
When we work together to strengthen our communities everyone wins — the economy grows, health improves, resources are better used, crime goes down, and people are happier.
Click here to download a map of 20 projects in the Puget Sound area.
We work with communities to imagine, plan and create shared public places designed to encourage social interaction and to build a local sense of identity.
People are hungry to participate – under the right conditions. Pomegranate Center is expert at creating those conditions.
We train community members and civic leaders to inspire and engage others to build stronger, healthier, more connected communities.
Wire your projects for success by changing the way you think about, and do community engagement.
In our 8-day intensive Fellows Training Series we teach the techniques and methods we have honed during our 27 years of successfully leading community-driven projects and processes. Our hands-on, interactive training takes your project management skills to a new level and gives you time-tested tools and strategies to change the places you work and live. You will come away with:
· Leadership methods that encourage maximum participation
· Techniques to develop a powerful sense of community ownership
· Practical advice for handling difficult personalities that threaten the collaborative process
Upon graduation you’ll have access to our extensive and growing toolkit of resources, sample materials and articles, and mentorship and education from the Pomegranate Center team. You are there for your community, and we are here for you!
Pomegranate Center’s Intensive is for you if:
· You believe connected, strong communities are essential to our future
· You think our communities (and our nation) could do a lot better job collaborating
· You’re tired of group efforts failing because they are slow, unwieldy, and bogged-down
· You want to take action to create more beautiful, sustainable and connected communities
But don’t just take it from us, others agree:
Milenko and the team from Pomegranate do a superb job leading an eclectic group of leaders from many different fields and perspectives in acts of collective, emergent imagining. They have an unerring ability to make a combined whole greater than the sum of the parts.
- Andrew Zolli, Executive Director PopTech
Pomegranate Center works magic. For 27 years, in communities all across this country, they have partnered with people to turn their hopes and dreams into wonderful community spaces where social capital thrives.
- Lew Feldstein, Co-Chair, The Saguaro Seminar and President, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The Pomegranate Center model is a clear, step by step, easy to follow process, and works! I also think it addresses the main issue of leaders not getting burnt out which tends to happen in community projects. The training gave me the tools and confidence to initiate and see projects through. Working on children’s environments it is very easy to get off track dealing with regulations, issues, etc. The program taught me to approach every project as if it WILL happen!
- Ilisa Goldman, Intensive Training Graduate and Landscape Architect, RLA
Past students have included municipal employees, designers, planners, artists, grassroots community builders—anyone with a desire to create they change they seek within their neighborhood, workplace or broader community.
Seattle Winter/Spring 2014 Fellows Training Series is underway and enrollment is now closed. Here are the remaining dates for enrolled students:
Session 2: Feb 28th - Mar 1st
Session 3: Mar 21st - 22nd
Session 4: Apr 25th - 26th
Walla Walla Spring 2014 Fellows Training Series includes all of the following dates:
Session 1: March 14th - 15th
Session 2: April 18th - 19th
Session 3: May 16th - 17th
Session 4: June 20th - 21st
Final Project: (Community Build June 17-22)
Each day is a mix of lecture, practice, discussion, case studies and hands-on application. The Sessions unfold in a way that allows for both the big picture and the details to be understood. We introduce facilitation techniques right away so that there are practice opportunities at every class.
Interested in Pomegranate Center offering a series of Fellows Training sessions in your area? Please contact us for more information.
Modules will include:
COMMUNITY BUILDING: PHILOSOPHY AND PRINCIPLES
- History of Pomegranate Center
- Multiple victories
- Image of the future
- What makes a place a community
- Traits, skills, and behaviors of a community builder
- Principles of collaboration
- Building ownership
WIRING FOR SUCCESS: COMMUNITY PROJECT PLANNING
- Structure steps of a project
- Progression of ownership
- Forming and managing a steering group
- Clarity leads to success
- Accessing resources
- Roles and responsibilities of project participants
- Outreach strategies
- The role, behaviors and practices
- Horsemen of the community apocalypse: how to spot and manage them
- Structure of a community meeting: agendas, roles, timelines, goals, and ground rules
TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION
- Generating ideas with community
- Prioritizing ideas
- Turning ideas into designs/plans
- Assessing and using community skills and multiple intelligences
- Volunteer and project management
- The art of early success and celebration
PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP
- Community building vs. Community activism
- Preventing burnout
- Individual styles of leadership
- Servant leadership
- Living in tensions
Download the Pomegranate Center Intensive Flyer HERE
For more info please contact Jayne@pomegranate.org
In April 2013, Tully’s and Pomegranate Center turned Butterfly Park into an art-filled space for community gatherings, in partnership with San Diego Foundation, Rokenbok Education Fund, ARTs and Olivewood Gardens. Check out the timelapse of the four day build!
In September 2013, Waterbury residents, together with employees of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Tully’s parent company) will create a community gathering place in the coffee company’s hometown
The Gathering Grounds™ Art Contest invited artists to submit an original work of art and brief explanation of what community means to them at Facebook.com/TullysCoffee. The winner will be announced Monday, June 3. Stay tuned!
We’ve won a Smart Communities Award!
Our 2010 Dig Fund project – the Washington Park Gathering Place in Walla Walla, Washington – has won a Smart Communities award from Gov. Chris Gregoire. We’ve been recognized in the Smart Partnership category for effective partnerships and significant public participation.
Thanks to our partners: Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Commitment to Community and Sherwood Trust.
After 25 years as a non-profit specializing in community building, we’ve learned a lot. A compilation of resources such as the Building Better Communities Guide, case studies from Multiple Victories, articles, videos, annual reports and more can be found on our Publications and Resources page. If there additional resources you’d like to see on this page, e-mail email@example.com.
Public Space Rangers (PSRs) are professionals with special powers in the art, design, construction and community development fields. Rangers participate in select Pomegranate Center projects in communities-in-need throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
We match your skills with a Pomegranate Center community project that needs your expertise. In exchange, we offer occasional networking and training programs to keep you up-to-date on our community building philosophies and techniques.
Pomegranate Center and Tully’s Coffee® awarded Kimberly Conway, of Northport, Ala. as the winner of the 2011 Taste of Community contest. Kimberly’s community received $100,000 worth of funds, expertise and supplies to help create a gathering space in tornado damaged Tuscaloosa County.
The foundation of Pomegranate Center’s work is collaboration. Here are napkin notes on the subject, collected from writings to myself over the past twenty-five years:
Collaboration is a fluid, interactive state where the parts have power to influence the whole while the whole influences the parts.
In collaboration, teamwork and individual excellence are equally required: as in jazz, the greater the individual virtuosity, the greater team virtuosity.