On the first anniversary of the launch of Louisiana Inspired, a weekly section that focuses on people and organizations who are working toward solutions to make their communities and the world at large a better place, we take a look at some of the organizations we've featured in the past year and what progress they've made toward achieving their goals.
As children, we learn about Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare. It's a familiar story with a clear message: Slow and steady wins the race.
Children may not grasp the long-term significance and depth of the story. However, eventually, the quiet power of incremental change becomes clear despite its tortoise-like pace.
Organizations often work to change one life at a time — or one area of a community or policy at a time. The benefits of such efforts are many and often go beyond the intended goal or mission.