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Building Community Capacity

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Lindsay Studders

on 10 April 2016

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Transcript of Building Community Capacity

local collective visioning

What is collective visioning?

When a group of people envision a realistic and optimistic future together. It is the first step in many successful efforts to make change. This process helps people move from being stuck in problems to creating and owning solutions.

Why is it important?

A strong community is essential to the process of collective visioning, which can provide a counterbalance to traditional financial and political forces that often overpower smaller neighborhoods.
community capacity
Formed through the consistent meeting and actions of block clubs, neighborhood associations and other local organizations.
Building Community Capacity

About me:
Lindsay Studders
MADR Student - graduating in May!
General Civil Mediation Training Certificate
Bachelors Degree in Cultural Anthropology
Focus on Urban Community Development
Work Experience in:
Columbus, OH
Southwest Detroit
Lafayette Park/Downtown Detroit
Hantz Woodlands, East Side
Detroit Red Wings Stadium, Cass Corridor
Detroit Real Estate Projects impacted by collective visioning
Getting started:
of a strong community
of impact
to start,
and how?
Guest Speaker:
Kristine Miranne
my family
Chateaufort Place Cooperative, Lafayette Park
Guest Speaker:
Kristine Miranne
- Build strong relationships
- Share similar values
- Create actionable consensus
Gain Participation
Canvas your neighborhood
Identify leaders and organizers
Must be multi-cultural and multi-generational
Include businesses and churches!

Schedule Meetings
Regular monthly/bi-weekly gatherings
Decide on meeting structure
Create an organized list of concerns
Utilize maps, design charrettes
Questions & Answers

What do you think of
when you hear thIS word?

For positive change, empowering ourselves, mobilizing groups, and improving quality of life.
Show of hands:

How many of you are active in your community?
Is there anything like this where you live?

Have any of you been part of something similar?
CDAD d[com]munity
DFC vacant lot fieldguide
Technology (basics --> )
Group roster w/ phone numbers
Text message systems/alerts
Nextdoor website
Facebook groups
Google Groups

Neighborhood based community groups
City council members
SE Michigan nonprofits and foundations funding projects for community development and revitalization efforts
A neighborhood revitalization tool that guides a group of participants through a process to envision bold and innovative uses of land and buildings, to help create a better quality of life.

CDAD provides staff to help organize and facilitate, gather data, and develop results-oriented plans.

Outlines strategies to move from the current condition to the future direction.
Lower eastside action plan
Meeting Structure

Eastside Community Network

(Formerly Warren/Connor Development Coalition)
Successful Communities:
strategic framework

[source: “Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future” by Linda Stout ]
Workshop Activity

Skillman Center for Children, Southwest Detroit Development Collaborative,
and Doing Development Differently in Detroit

•Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of New Orleans
•M.U.R.P., Urban and Regional Planning, University of New Orleans
•B.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
You and your neighbors live in a small mixed use area of Detroit (warehouses/commercial/residential) that has many vacant lots and dangerous abandoned buildings. In your small community, everyone participates in cleaning up trash and debris, mowing grass, boarding up the vacant buildings, and occasionally will work together on small beautification projects.

There has recently been an major increase in vandalism on the abandoned buildings and illegal dumping on the vacant lots. You have also noticed an increase in traffic and speeding vehicles on your street. You've also noticed that a group of young people have started to hang out in front of a busy convenience store nearby.

Work with your group to brainstorm what you might do to address these issues in your neighborhood.

What are your first steps?
What are your priorities?
How will you make a change?
Detroit Future City
& thank you again to Kristine Miranne
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