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Creating Community From Chaos: A Guide to Community Involvement

Involving the public in the decisions that affect them is not only the right thing to do, it is the law! Creating Community From Chaos offers public officials, urban planners, administrators, and community volunteers the hands-on skills and tools they need to build community capacity, solve community problems, and create community partnerships. (continue)

Building Collaborative Capacity in Community Coalitions: A Review and Integrative Framework

This article presents the results of a qualitative analysis of 80 articles, chapters, and practitioners' guides focused on collaboration and coalition functioning. The purpose of this review was to develop an integrative framework that captures the core competencies and processes needed within collaborative bodies to facilitate their success. The resulting framework for building collaborative capacity is presented. Four critical levels of collaborative capacity - member capacity, relational capacity, organizational capacity, and programmatic capacity - are described and strategies for building each type are provided. The implications of this model for practitioners and scholars are discussed. (continue)

San Francisco State University – Institute For Civic and Community Engagement

The Institute For Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students, faculty and community members. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the needs of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide and internationally, we cultivate strong leaders who will effectively advocate for full social, economic and educational inclusion and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities. (continue)

Building Community Capacity: A Definitional Framework and Case Studies from a Comprehensive Community Initiative

The notion of community capacity building is both explicit and pervasive in the rhetoric, missions, and activities of a broad range of contemporary community development efforts. However, there is limited clarity about the meaning of capacity and capacity building at the neighborhood level. The author suggests a definitional framework for understanding and promoting community capacity, explores the attempt to operationalize a capacity-building agenda through the examination of two contrasting case studies within a multisite comprehensive community initiative (CCI), and suggests some possible next steps toward building community capacity through social change efforts such as CCIs. (continue)

Can the White House Help Catalyze Civic Renewal? A proposal for a Civic Partnership Council

This 1999 proposal outlines the rationale for and structure of a "Civic Partnership Council' attached to the Domestic Policy Council and chaired by the Vice President. Even today, it provides a great starting place for thinking about the creation of an office or council that would promote public problem solving and collaborative governance within the U.S. policymaking structure. (continue)

Defining Community Capacity: A Framework and Implications from a Comprehensive Community Initiative

Comprehensive community building efforts in Hartford and Milwaukee illustrate the ambiguities of defining the elements of community capacity and how they operate on the ground to create positive community change. (continue)

Asset Based Community Development

Instead of focusing on a community's needs, deficiencies and problems, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) helps communities become stronger and more self-reliant by discovering, mapping and mobilizing all their local assets. (continue)

Generative Dialogue Project

The Generative Dialogue Project emerged in late 2003 as part of the Global Leadership Initiative, a broad effort to address the need for more effective approaches to global problem solving. From the outset, our intention for the GDP has been to organize a community of experienced dialogue practitioners as a peer learning group to work together to advance the state of the art of dialogic problem solving and to promote the use of the most effective processes in the global arena. (continue)

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)