"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that, for what the world needs is more people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

"If you want to build a ship, then don't drum up men to gather wood, give orders and divide the work. Rather, teach them to yearn for the far and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"The art of life lies in a constant readjustment of our surroundings." Kakuzo Okakura

"Life is Change, Growth is Optional." Unknown

"Mistakes are the Portals of Discovery" James Joyce

Positive Deviance



"Positive Deviance makes its Debut in Healthcare at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut

The use of the positive deviance process in Waterbury hospital represents a landmark event in newer applications of PD. In a short time period of six months, the positive deviance process fostered a behavior and cultural change in a cohort of professionals who were long considered immune to change - healthcare professionals.

For more details, read the Waterbury Case Study"

Information sourced from the www.positivedeviance.org website.

Positive Deviance encourages the rapid development and implementation of innovative ideas and previous successes.

Throughout the midst of problem situations, someone is thriving. Yet, these positive deviants and their great ideas often go unacknowledged. As a practice, Positive Deviance looks to find where things are working and to take the smallest steps to make the greatest positive impact.

While having developed from a program designed in the mid 60's to understanding why some children were healthy in impoverished areas in Vietnam, while others were not, it's principals have made their way into businesses and organizations with great success.

The Positive Deviance Initiative is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. For more information about Positive Deviance, go to www.positivedeviance.org.