Community Engagement: Not Taking the Easy Path

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. Extension, often a catalyst of this coming together, can play a key role in helping the "usual suspects" reach deeper into the community and invite others to join. We believe that this work begins with bringing together stakeholders around issues of possibility, commitment, and accountability. But how do we find those stakeholders and create space for real engagement—engagement that might include dissent? We have ideas and would love to hear your ideas as well. We invite you to join us as we learn together about how and who to bring to the stakeholder table to begin the work of community transformation.

Author(s), Presenter(s): 
Jakes, Susan and Guin, Autumn
Year published or updated: 
2011