About Us

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The Community Innovation Network began in 2016, in an effort to build a strong foundation for the connection between the everyday lives of individuals and the complex systems in civil society. We connect community building experts, nonprofit organizations, researchers, and people working on a grassroots level through strength-based approaches to community change. We see our work at the nexus of community development and community building best practices and authentic neighborhood engagement.

Today, we are a growing network of passionate community builders, working at the intersections of research and practice, people and organizations, and residents and institutions. We are at our best when we are gathering in diverse, welcoming, and energized spaces to bring our vision, mission, and core values to life.