Community Building

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We believe that people are the drivers of great communities. When people are engaged at their deepest level as residents and community stakeholders, community change shifts from a process that organizations and institutions follow to a culture guided by residents’ values and actions. The Community Innovation Network has 2 signature community building programs: Foundations of Community Building and the Innovator’s Monthly Meetup.

Foundations of Community Building is a cohort-based training program that builds tangible skills for strengths-based approaches to community change. Each cohort is place-based, and consists of resident leaders, community builders from area institutions, and engagement staff from community-based organizations.

The Innovator’s Monthly Meetup is a monthly gathering of people who are working to build communities of inclusion, healing, and equity, wherever they are.