John Gregory Ohio – Possibility Thinking

It’s important to keep a positive frame of mind in whatever it is you are engaged in. But it is equally important to keep possibilities in mind; in other words, to develop “possibility thinking.”

People who have developed possibility-thinking skills are able to search the hidden possibilities in any situation and in any context. They have learned how to reframe what appear to be stubborn, even insurmountable problems and see them as opportunities in disguise. Possibility thinking means looking at situations in new and creative ways, and finding in them new paths for change and improvement.

It is important to always have a positive frame of mind, as difficult as that can sometimes be in today’s hectic world. But it is just as important to go beyond mere positive thinking, and be aware of the possibilities inherent in every situation. People who have developed this ability are able to see life are more than just a constant struggle to survive. They see it as an exciting series of challenges and opportunities.

When we begin to understand that each of our lives are important and full of great purpose and potential, then our present life and our futures will begin to fill with possibility. We do not look at life based on past models of failure or shame, but of possibility. We learn how to transform the negative by shifting our focus and energy on the positive. Possibility thinkers have learned to reframe problems and obstacles in ways that lead to them finding the inherent good in them.

The experiences and creativity of John Gregory Ohio enable him to find possibility in every situation. He is the founder and CEO of the National Center for Urban Solutions, based in Columbus, Ohio.


John Gregory Ohio – Corporate Partnerships

The nonprofit and corporate worlds are very different, but those two worlds can establish mutually beneficial relationships. Many charities are looking for philanthropic support from the private sector, and they are getting what they need, and corporations are seeing their public profiles improved for helping to provide that much-needed financial support.

A good working relationship is at the core of the successful partnership between a corporation and a nonprofit. This can be a challenge, because the corporate and nonprofit worlds operate in such fundamentally different ways. Consultants say that since the corporations are the ones holding the purse strings, it is in the best interest of the nonprofit to be as businesslike as possible in order to more successfully partner with the corporation. Nonprofits, as a rule, are staffed by people who are passionate about what they do, and are dedicated toward issues and goals. Consequently they often are not very familiar corporate culture. The opposite, of course, is also true. This can create an “odd couple” sort of situation where the two parties don’t seem to understand one another. In the worst of cases this can lead to a breakdown in the relationship. The nonprofit stands to lose the funding it was counting on, and so stands to lose the most when this happens.

John Gregory is a successful consultant in Columbus, Ohio, whose background includes brokering successful relationships between nonprofits and their corporate partners. He orchestrated the partnership between TurnerBovis and his National Center for Urban Solutions, which resulted in a working relationship that provided information and training avenues to get people ready for jobs in the construction industry, specifically with the Ohio State University Medical Center.

John Gregory Ohio – Changing the Trajectory

African American leaders agree that the key to improving the lives of the next and future generations of African Americans is through better educational opportunities, and that a universal goal for everyone should be for a just and healthy United States that works for all of its citizens.

They agree that this universal goal cannot be realized without first realizing smaller, more targeted goals. More than ever before, there is a need to maximize the potential of black children and adults, and to reclaim the role of family and culture within the African American community. They advocate altering the socioeconomic trajectory of the African American community to take responsibility for creating a systemic change, and strengthening traditional African American institutions.

The key to all of this is through education. Knowledge is indeed power, and it is just as true now as it has always been. In order to get a good job today one must at least have a Bachelor’s degree. Historically, African Americans have suffered discrimination in the United States in virtually all walks of life, from housing to employment and to education. That began to change with the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, which ruled that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. There has been good progress in educational opportunities for African Americans in the years since then, but there is still much progress that needs to be made.

John Gregory wants to change the trajectory of African American lives, and he says that education is one of the keys. It’s also key to improving the urban community. He advocates for more and better educational opportunities for young African Americans. He is the founder of the Ohio-based National Center for Urban Solutions.