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GoodNeighbors.net – Mapping Human and Tangible Resources

GoodNeighbors.net is a web-based database free for anyone to use to pool and publish alphabetized lists of resources and track frequency, levels and types of engagement at the grassroots level. It was developed “as an online architecture where individuals and groups function as a whole integrated system at all levels of community.” Cheryl suggests entering NCDD in the Group ID to be interconnected with NCDD members who sign up at GoodNeighbors.net. Resource Link: http://goodneighbors.net/ Submitted by Cheryl Honey of the Family Support Network, International. Cheryl is […] (continue)

Resilience Circles

A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10 – 20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action. The economy and environment are going through a deep transition, leaving many of us feeling anxious and economically insecure. We’re facing unemployment, foreclosure, lost savings, and a rapidly changing environment. Many of us are isolated and face these challenges without the support of a community. In response, people are forming small “Resilience […] (continue)

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” Video

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” is a resource to support conversations and actions around building bridges between refugees from Muslim majority countries and receiving communities in the U.S. in the lead up to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This 30-minute DVD will serve as a tool for service providers, grassroots community groups and employers nationwide that are helping to integrate newcomers with unique needs, often against considerable obstacles. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Contact sahar@activevoice.net to learn more. (continue)

Community: The Structure of Belonging

This 2008 book by Peter Block (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen. Here’s an excerpt from a review of the book by Scott London: In his much-discussed new book, Community: The Structure of […] (continue)

Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) project

How can collective deliberation by citizens lead to wise and timely action on climate change, including by municipal and provincial governments? Alberta (Canada) is a testing ground for this question over the next five yearsn (2010 to 2015). An international team of scholars, NGOs, businesses, and governments will be addressing it, supported by $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and over $3 million in contributions from other sources. (continue)

Issue Guide on Building a Community in a “Connected Age”

The issue guide, “Fulfilling Our e-State Potential: Building Community in a ‘Connected’ Age” on Everyday Democracy’s Issue Guide Exchange, is designed to help citizens deliberate about ways to use e-state technology to help enhance community and civic life. It’s designed to be used during a one-day symposium and includes an exploration of community, scenarios to help explore e-state opportunities and challenges, an exercise to identify e-state values, and opportunities to identify action steps. (continue)

Nebraskans Weigh in on Essential Educational Opportunities for All Students

This 2004 case study by the Public Agenda examines the organization’s work with the Nebraska State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education, where it helped to design and implement a public engagement process to address the issue of how to define the “essential education” for all students. Public Agenda conducted focus groups and helped selected districts facilitate discussion forums with more than 370 parents, students, educators (teachers, principals and superintendents) and members of the general public. Resource Link: www.publicagenda.org/pages/nebraskans-weigh-in (continue)

Changing the Conversation on Education in Connecticut

A 2005 report by Public Agenda on 10 years of public engagement on public education topics in over 70 communities across Connecticut. Supported by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the report serves as a comprehensive case study of how public engagement can work in communities across America and discusses the specific accomplishments in Connecticut. (continue)

A Community Builder’s Tool Kit: 15 Tools for Creating Healthy, Productive Interracial/Multicultural Communities

This primer for revitalizing democracy from the ground up can be downloaded for free or ordered for $1.50 per copy. (continue)

Chicago Public Art Group

CPAG unites communities and artists in creating high quality public art. They produce mosaics, murals, sculptures, seating installations, banners, and space designs. Their skilled, professional artists specialize in collaborating with community participants to make delightful, meaningful, permanent, and safe public artworks. (continue)

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