Four ways to use Bright Spots, from Humanities Montana

Ken Egan from Humanities Montana posted a comment to an older post on this blog (“ADEPT in Education”) that we thought was worth highlighting. Here is what he says about the way that they are using bright spots:

I just had a chance to visit with Jim McDonald in person about “Bright Spots” (thanks for coming to Missoula, Jim!). He asked how “Bright Spots” has changed Humanities Montana, and I shared that 1. I personally return to the report at least once a week, mainly to refocus on the essential and to remember courage to lead change; 2. my current board members have discussed the five principles in general terms and specifically how they apply to our recently adopted strategic plan (the report reinforces several of our strategic decisions); 3. we will use “Bright Spots” in orienting new directors in February since it provides a powerful tool for conceptualizing our overall work and gaining traction with our strategic plan; 4. I’ll share the report with participants in Leadership Montana, many of whom lead nonprofit organizations in the state. Thanks for the excellent framework, both inspiring and practical.

Thanks Ken. We love to continue to hear about the ways that people are using it, so please post here or email us at with your story.


Want bright spots tools?

We’ve had a lot of requests for tools that will help you put the bright spots research into action. We’re working on a few, including a brightness self-assessment survey and guide to facilitating a conversation / workshop around bright spots in your own organization. If you want to be sure to be notified when we release these, make sure you are signed up to receive updates from this blog or sign up for our mailing list.

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