We have long been told to not band-aid problems but to seek to understand the “root cause” and seek lasting solutions through changing the “system.” This lofty idea is very appealing in theory but very difficult to put into practice. First and foremost, while we understand systems conceptually, we are often not clear on how they work and what they mean for us.
Communities are transformed when the whole community comes together to create something new. This grassroots effort grows from people recognizing their own collective capacity and aligning their vision for what their community can be.
This monograph provides information on how advocates might work to build a broader set of allies to promote an early childhood agenda to improve school readiness. It stresses the importance of recognizing the cultures, or cognitive frames, of groups of allies and crafting outreach messages accordingly. Recommendations for advocacy groups are included.
Understanding the complexities of collaboration and applying the key elements involved in collaboration increase the likelihood of achieving shared goals and outcomes. The Collaboration Framework is designed to help individuals and practitioners who are either starting collaborations or need help in strengthening an existing collaboration.
The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.
This resource provides a summary of an interactive telephone training designed to help participants learn more about the resources we have posted about helping your communities cope with the war in Iraq.
This website describes the mission of the Kettering Foundation, which seeks to find resources to make democracy function better. It also describes the publications and programs available through the foundation on topics that include public choice, government, community, and public schools.
A website that offers research-based information on building healthy communities. The information is broken down into several topics, including building safe neighborhoods, living wage jobs, viable economics, healthy families and children, and collaborative leadership.