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 essay provides an overview of two different but potentially complementary approaches to poverty reduction: “community-building and social justice pathways to community vitality” and “work pathways to economic self-sufficiency.” It then discusses the role of advocacy in developing policies that can support these approaches.
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.
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.
The Leadership Learning Community is a national nonprofit organization with expertise in identifying, evaluating, and applying cutting-edge ideas and promising practices in the leadership development field.
This resource briefly describes some of the issues and opportunities states face in building early childhood data systems for a multi-ethnic society. As states are developing early childhood systems, they are also developing data systems that provide information about young children and their families and the public services that are provided to them.
As a teen, Steve Brown would tell his parents he would be spending spring break at a friend’s house, and head off to Colorado to climb mountains. (NOTE: this is NOT recommended behavior!) Today, when he is not in his office or training for a marathon or climb, you can still find him climbing the mountains surrounding his home in Palmer Alaska.
Why should we care about biodiversity? In a world of rapid change, isn't it nice to have some sameness? In nature, sameness is referred to as a "monoculture." While it may be pretty, convenient, and efficient—it isn't as strong and resilient as a diverse ecosystem.