Mila del Sol: the Eldest Corporally-Persistent Elder of the Philippines (1890-present)

ma mama so old, she best friends with ALL the Presidents of the Philippines ( go tell ma mama i said she old – see who she believe ) Baranggay Rivera Romero Baranggay Mila del Sol Asuncion Bondoc Bunye Cruz Dalusong Hensel Rivera Romero Villarba Young Tambunting Baranggay Eddie Romero Gabaldon Gonzalez Rivera Romero Romulo Sinco Villanueva…

Hypocrisy

Rewrote the Wikipedia entry on Hypocrisy with some expert friends in 2014. It’s been the stable version for over a year, so I’m rerewriting it this week, with the help of people who know what they’re talking about (sorry: who know about what they talk). Hypocrisy  …

Building communities inside out

In distressed communities across the United States, savvy organizers and leaders are rediscovering ancient wisdom about what builds strong communities. Serious community builders have no choice but to return to basics, to the communities themselves to rediscover and mobilize the strengths, capacities, and assets within those communities. Communities can only be built by focusing on……

5 rules of community engagement

Building strong communities is not easy. Even so, my 32-year background in community building has taught me some simple rules of engagement that still hold true today. 1. Have Fun Cesar Cala, a community activist in the Philippines and now in Calgary, told me, “The problem is those GD activists.” “GD activists?” I inquired. “Yes,”……

Lessons learned – Jim Diers, in Neighbor Power

I will conclude by summarizing what I have learned about community, community organizing, community initiatives, and the role of government. A neighborhood is not the same as a community. A neighborhood is a geographic area that people share, while at community is a group of people who identify with and support one another. Strong communities……

Core principles of community building

Community building — the process of strengthening the ability of neighborhood residents, organizations, and institutions to foster and sustain neighborhood change, both individually and collectively — is vital to the work of Comprehensive Community Initiatives and many other community-change efforts. The belief that community residents can be agents of change, rather than just beneficiaries or……

11 key elements in transforming public spaces into vibrant community places

Thanks to Richard Layman for pointing us to PPS, and to Bill Berkowitz for recommending the book. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build communities. It has identified 11 key elements in transforming public spaces into vibrant community places, whether they’re……

Icebreakers & games for team and community building

Some free icebreaking, team-building, community-making resources and selections, mainly from nonprofits, schools, and government agencies. Some notes on when to use icebreakers, and what makes them good – from the Resource Center of the Corporation for National & Community Service (@nationalservice). “Icebreakers are often used to encourage people to open up or feel comfortable, invite……

Block parties

10 Reasons To Have a Block Party To have fun – no excuse or reason to celebrate! To meet your neighbors. To increase the sense of belonging in your neighborhood. To organize a city-sponsored group such as Neighborhood Watch. To make connections within the community. When you know people, you can exchange skills or resources……

Videos for community practice

This is a list compiled by Professor Dick Schoech of the School of Social Work, University of Texas Arlington. He received these suggestions from members of COMM-ORG and ACOSA. Ten of these videos are available on YouTube, and I’ve organized them into this a playlist, which you can play (in the order listed) by clicking……