Category Archives: Community

Why the future of social change belongs to community research

People don’t exist as isolated entities, and social programs, movements, or data analytic methods that assume they do are not aligned with reality—and may be doomed to fail. We all know that providing therapy or tutoring to a child may … Continue reading

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Citizen Participation Resources

We believe that civic engagement, or including people in your governing process, is important to your success. Whether you’re a government organisation or a business, connecting with your communities will benefit both you and your community. But getting started with … Continue reading

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Design for Social Sustainability – a Framework for Creating Thriving Communities

Our starting point is that although there is widespread understanding of the physical and environmental challenges involved in creating new settlements, there is still much to be learnt about what makes some communities succeed and others fail. In this paper … Continue reading

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Plenitude: the New Economics of True Wealth

At a moment of ecological decline and continuing financial uncertainty, best-selling author and economist Juliet Schor offers a revolutionary strategy for changing how we think about consumer goods, intrinsic value, and ways to live. Earth, we have a problem: humans … Continue reading

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Community Organizing Models

Assessing unique social action approaches throughout history to determine their ongoing influence and to assess new or adapted models emerging today. Models Summarized: Alinksy, Faith-Based Community Organizing, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Civil Disobedience, Conciousness-Raising,  Asset-Based Community Development,  Spiritual Activism,  Social … Continue reading

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Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

Something I have always dreamed about has become a reality. It is called an agrihood, a residential neighborhood with a farm at the center—not a golf course, club house or pool, but something really sensible: fresh, organic food! My dream … Continue reading

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The Collective Leadership Framework for Community Change

Collective leadership is still an emerging field, so there is not one,common definition. It is, however, about embracing and marshalling human, cultural and technological resources in ways that enable local people to work together to improve their communities for the … Continue reading

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Ethiopian utopian village goes against the grain

In the middle of Ethiopia, a country with strict religious and cultural mores, a village where women plough and men sew has become a model for development and poverty reduction. Founded in 1972 by an uneducated Ethiopian farmer, Zumra Nuru, … Continue reading

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Cine comunitario y organización popular

“… Hacer arte supone una revelación, porque implica sacar a relucir la verdad, que yace en lo más profundo del país, para llevarla a escena, al papel o al cuadro. Pero hacer eso entre nosotros, significa crearlo todo de nuevo … Continue reading

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Community-based accountability for school improvement

This report looks at community-based accountability and parental participation as a lever for school improvement in rural India. It reviews a case study project in Andhra Pradesh, which was set up in the context of failures in  primary education access … Continue reading

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