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A positive culture is an intentional way of supporting all people within our communities that focuses on creating healthy relationships and acknowledging the unique gifts that each brings to those relationships. It is about making the shift in thinking away from power, control and coercion in language and actions, and toward affirmation, unconditional acceptance and encouragement. Read More

Why is this important to us?

Director Martin and members of this administration have identified this movement toward a positive culture as a high priority for our work together throughout Ohio. The key message is about supporting one another in continuously striving to become more human in our work, to cultivate our spirit of gentleness and fully invest ourselves in creating environments where people can truly thrive. Cultivating a positive culture includes making the conscious decision to move away from beliefs and actions that contribute to violence or emotional harm, focus solely on the person’s compliance, or maintain a social system that pushes people who are different to the fringes. The shift would then be toward beliefs and actions intended to heal the wounds of past traumas and bring about a feeling of being safe, valued and accepted as an equal member of a just community.

Shifting the Culture in our Communities

Culture can be defined as… ‘the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes an institution or organization’ (Merriam-Webster). Within each of our communities (a home, program, organization, town, family, etc.) there is the power to decide which attitudes and values will drive daily interactions and dictate practices. When even a small group of people come together around an issue that is important to them, in a safe format that promotes trust and allows for honest conversation, there is power to transform their community. Imagine the possibilities for a culture that supports each community member in the pursuit of their ideal life, celebrates diversity, acknowledges each member’s gifts and holds the shared belief that everyone has a unique purpose and value within the community.

Gentile Teaching is one example of a positive approach consistent with the Positive Culture initiative. 

Click here for more info:Gentle Teaching Primer​