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……