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Towards Participatory Urban Governance: Awareness-to-Action Processes for Citizens and City Managers

Obviously, there is a felt need to bridge the aspirations of citizens with the officials and functions of the municipality. Capacity building for municipalities in understanding community participation, and participatory approaches is one sphere of interface that needs primary attention. Equally important is to organise citizen groups and implement capacity-building strategies for citizen action. The third sphere of action, perhaps the most difficult, is to adopt an integrated approach to a mixed group. Hopefully, this process should lead to understanding the underlying currents of urban governance, the complimentarity of service providers and service receivers, ultimately leading to improved quality of life with mutual respect. (continue)

Civic Engagement: A Guide for Communities

This 17-page booklet grows out of the authors' experiences over a number of years in the community of Arlington, Virginia. What is offered here is not a "cookbook" formula but a set of questions and touchstones--civic conversation, "inreach," and civic governance--to help citizens, in whatever roles and communities they find themselves, grapple with the need for civic engagement. Working through these questions and referring back to the touchstones is, we have found, the essence of vital and vibrant civic engagement. (continue)

Service For Peace

We are an international not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide service and learning opportunities to young people who want to improve themselves and their communities. Our unique ability is helping diverse groups cross barriers of race, religion, creed, or national origin through working together in service. We help and encourage youth to become civically engaged and build cooperation between diverse groups in their communities and in the world, leading to lasting change. (continue)

International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience

This coalition is a growing world-wide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to teaching and learning how historic sites and museums can inspire social consciousness and action. The museums that are considered "sites of conscience" engage in programs that stimulate dialogue on pressing social issues and promote humanitarian and democratic values. (continue)

University of Massachusetts Boston – Dialogue Processes Online Graduate Course

Structured as an online learning community, the core objective of this course is to cultivate practical know-how and theoretical knowledge of Dialogue Processes with a focus on Otto Scharmer's model of Generative Dialogue, which follows from William Isaacs work with the MIT Dialogue Project and David Bohm's understanding of dialogue. The course offers a range of learning spaces designed to develop our individual and collective capacities for bringing significant changes in how we think, communicate and learn together. (continue)

Encouraging Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture in South Africa

This paper concentrates on the black smallholder farming sector. Also, this paper makes recommendations for reorganisation of extension services, farmer involvement in research, land reform, incentives for soil/water conservation, NGO involvement, community participation, training, coordination. (continue)

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The ABCD Institute was formed to assist in providing training nationally regarding the Asset-Based Community Development approaches developed by John McKnight and John Kretzmann at Northwestern University and documented in the book Building Communities from the Inside Out. ABCD produces resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets. (continue)

Global Facilitator Service Corps

Through our support of volunteer facilitators worldwide, GFSC helps communities build their capacity to work through their challenges and create sustainable solutions. GFSC is dedicated to helping communities, groups and institutions address their needs, help people learn how to resolve their differences, care for themselves, solve problems and create sustainable solutions. We mentor, coach and share tools and techniques with volunteer facilitators in local communities, encouraging and supporting the use of local resources to meet local needs. (continue)

Association for the Study and Development of Community

ASDC is a research and development organization for community capacity building and social problem solving. ASDC represents a network of leading community development practitioners and scientists in the United States and Europe, with offices in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Milan, Italy. ASDC provides capacity building services to government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations. (continue)

Think it Through: What it takes to design & fund an effective communications strategy

The digital media environment brings new potential for partnerships and collaborations, inviting qualitatively different relationships between organisations and their constituencies, members and donors. Non-profit leaders need credible, succinct information to meet the challenges of the digital age. The Benton Foundation capacity building project documented best practices and lessons learned by non-profits about the impact, successes, failures and struggles in using the strategic communications toolkit. This toolkit catalogues valuable lessons on what it takes to design and fund an effective communications technology strategy, including planning, audience development, message shaping, evaluation and funding. (continue)

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