Podcast 53 Jack Pransky on Community Change
February 12, 2023

Jack Pransky

When Dr Jack Pransky heard about the Modello housing project he realised  that he was encountering something unique and extraordinary. Jack is quoted as saying: “In all my years in prevention I have never seen this level of change in people!”

At the time (over 20 years ago) Jack was an expert on Community Prevention work and was writing books based on his expertise. 

His whole life started to change when  he listened to the women from the Modello community speak at a conference.  Jack realised that he was witnessing something profound. It led him to write Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond  and it also took him on a life-long journey of exploring the Three Principles. 

I wanted to speak to Jack because I’m inspired by the potential of the Inside-Out understanding in transforming communities. I was delighted when Jack agreed to have a conversation with me I knew I had lots to learn and I wasn’t disappointed.

During our time together Jack talks about his life, about his work and he also answers questions from a small group of people who gathered to hear this podcast being recorded.

Jack also spends time outlining his 4 step model for community change. 
This model encapsulates what is needed for transformation in communities to take place. 

Here’s a synopsis of it.

  • Step 1 – Make sure you in your own mental health and experiencing grounded, mental wellbeing. Be certain and steadfast with what you know about the Inside-Out understanding.
  • Step 2 – Help people settle in their minds. A relaxed mind is one that is able to absorb and listen.
  • Step 3 – Listen deeply. Listen to the deeper spiritual energy and tune in to what it is saying. This spiritual energy is beyond the core of what we and others know … allow this energy to reveal the solution to the problem. Stay in the ‘don’t know’ mode until you know what to say.
  • Step 4 – Don’t talk about the Inside-Out understanding or the 3Ps (unless wisdom guides you to do so).

If you’d like to learn more about Jack and his work then go to his website
You can also buy his books there. In this podcast we talk about the following books: 

Modello: : A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond
Somebody Should have Told Us

If you’d like to learn more about the project we’re running in Ivybridge, then this interview about Wellbeing Listening will give you a flavour of what we’re up to Inner Compass in Ivybridge episode.

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