Community Visioning. Engaging People. Building Relationships. Facilitating Change.
I offer one-on-one sessions for people who are working in their communities. Our time together focuses on you and your work—intentions, obstacles, confusions, and insights. By engaging you in thinking about your past, present, and future, you will gain confidence and clarity in your work. I am also available for groups that want to broaden or deepen their impact in terms of community engagement, visioning, brainstorming ideas, and cross-cultural interconnectivity.
Visioning a Greater Racine - Eleanor served as Racine's Visioning Coach
Visioning a Great Racine (VGR) revealed the goals from the community-wide visioning process in October 2017 to a packed house.
VGR kicked off task forces, called W.A.V.E.Teams (Working, Action, Visioning & Engagement), to carry out the community’s vision.
Click through the images below to explore greater Racine's Goals & Sub-goals complied from over 1300 community members.
Comeback City: Chattanoogans Take a Stand for a Cleaner, Better City
Documentary of Chattanooga’s Transformation, 2017, Griffin Ball
Eleanor is interviewed by Griffin Ball for this documentary on Chattanooga’s dramatic transformation from a polluted, racially-divided, post-industrial city to today. Ball’s documentary won the South East Tennessee regional competition for National History Day 2017. Ball is a student at the McCallie School, Chattanooga TN.
Chattanooga Connected: Building Interracial Relationships
Our country has a long and difficult history with race relations. Starting in 2013, Eleanor, along with her husband and cousins Franklin and Tresa McCallie, founded Chattanooga Connected, a bi-racial group working intentionally to build relationships across race lines. The local public television station did this video on their approach, based on telling our stories and hearing each other’s life experiences related to race.
Chattanooga: Community With A Vision
This 12-minute video shows Chattanooga’s visioning process during ReVision 2000. It demonstrates the process in action and includes interviews with participants and leaders, including Bob Corker and Mai Bell Hurley. Documentary by Anne Macksoud of Leonardo’s Children. Executive Producer Eleanor McCallie Cooper. 1993.
A Chattanooga Times Free Press series, Sept 2017
by Joan Garrett Maclane & Joy Lukachick Smith.
The Lost Way — "Nearly 40 years ago, an idiosyncratic multimillionaire, a North Chattanooga housewife and a tribe of idealistic baby boomers formed an unlikely alliance to rebuild a once-great Southern city. The world says they succeeded. But did they really? And could it all be happening again?"