|150 things you can do to build social capital|
Social capital is built through hundreds of little and big actions we take every day. We've gotten you started with a list of nearly 150 ideas, drawn from suggestions made by many people and groups.
|Action for Neighbourhood Change, United Way Toronto|
This list of various webresources was built to support the resident engagement work of United Way Toronto as part of its Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy. Knowledge exchange was an explicit part of the the BSN strategy. This set of resources was assembled by Diane Dyson when she was a research analyst at United Way. @unitedwayto
|Asset Based Community Development Institute|
Publishes a wide variety of workbooks (in print and online) about ground up community development that are focused on empowering people and harvesting social and organizational capital, not just money.
Musings on neighborhoods, the institutions which support them, social cohesion, and building strong communities, from social researcher Diane Dyson. @Diane_Dyson
Examples of how when Funders, Non Profits, Government Officials, Business and Civic Leaders get together regularly, things end up working better. Surprised? Surprised you are still surprised? @FSGtweets
|Community Tool Box — Community Innovators|
An abundance of innovative work is being undertaken across the globe to help communities improve their health and well-being, and there is a lot to be learned. Through the Out of the Box competition, more than 300 stories of community change emerged from 42 countries around the world. These stories represent innovative approaches communities around the world have taken to address local issues and goals.
|Community Tool Box — Links to Databases of Best Practices|
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement (available in both English and Spanish).
The Tool Box exists to help connect people to ideas and resources to support their community-based efforts. Because of increased interest in using best practices and evidence-based approaches, the Tool Box offers a collection of links to free online databases that contain information on what works in addressing specific problems or goals related to community health and development. @CToolBox
|Compendium for the Civic Economy|
Possibly the most important document I’ve had my hands on so far this century. Records and celebrates a number of examples of civic entrepreneurship, and reflects on their significance for our understanding of how people who are not part of formal public services, and not part of the traditional private sector, are making a difference to civic and social conditions, by coming up with transformational projects and involving others in carrying them through. @Civic_Economy @indy_johar
|Conditions that May Affect Success in Implementing Best Processes|
This resource includes reflection questions and tools to enable “what works” to work, likely relevant to any evidence-based or promising approach being implemented.
Ian David Moss is a best practice, as through his blog he has managed to build a community around the issues he cares about, lift up the work of others he admires and establish himself as an authority in a field that desperately needs vision, leadership and (ironically enough) creativity. @createquity
|DIY Planner at kaboom.org|
The comprehensive sections of the KaBOOM! Toolkit are designed to walk you through the process of how to create a community-build playspace. From fundraising to volunteer recruitment, the Toolkit can help you take your project from start to finish with over a decade’s worth of KaBOOM! knowledge, advice, and best practices in building playspaces. @kaboom
Resources to support evidence-based decision-making” in the health field. Has a very good resource list to other sites. @HealthEvidence
|In Every Town: An All-Ages Music Manifesto|
All Ages Movement recognizes that the lack of All Ages performance spaces in the US does not just dull and homogenize the cultural landscape, but also limits young people’s access to their community. They put out a handbook of methods and best practices. @all_ages
|Incredible Edible Todmorden|
A project rather than a resource, but its experience shows just what ordinary people can do to address environmental issues through the shared experience of growing and producing local food. The website gives a flavour of their vision, achievements and the reasons why they are attracting international interest. @incredibledible
|KaBOOM! Online Trainings|
Online trainings and resources that teach folks a variety of topics about play, including how to build a playground from scratch to how to advocate for play in their community. Trainings may also feature community gardens, working to Save Play, etc.
Supported by the Knight Foundation and Craigslist Foundation, LikeMinded is a way for people to share their own stories of making a difference in their communities. @lkmnd
|Living with rats|
Behind the scenes of urban renewal in the UK, Julian Dobson is a major player, innovating social action, ideas around placemaking and bringing people together to make change in new, profitable, human ways. @JulianDobson
Sam Coniff from Livity showed how readily this movement can be reconciled with commercial entrepreneurship. He also clarified how it is partly a network society phenomenon, noting that because the technology allows people easily to start things up, they do things that are closer to their values. Don’t pass over that too quickly: it’s a very profound point about our age. @LivityUK @SamConniff
Another UK resource (sorry folks) but again highly relevant internationally, though the law is obviously applied differently in different countries. Meanwhile Space is a project that started with finding new uses for empty shops during the recession of 2008-9 and is continuing on a broader scale. It shows how local people can move in where retailers have failed and how temporary or ‘meanwhile’ projects (pop-up projects as they’re often known) can change the look and feel of an area and help prevent blight. @meanwhile_space
|Neighborhood Problem Solver (0.7MB pdf)|
Provides a means for people in neighborhoods to address problems on their own, or jointly with their neighbors or with members of their local government. It shares key steps and guidance on how to organize and publicize, and gives easy access to local resources.
|Open Book of Social Innovation|
NESTA are an organization in the UK that have been blowing my mind recently. They published the Open Book of Social Innovation, and it is about as inspiring a publication of it’s kind I have seen. A perfect balance of analysis and ‘real stuff’, with guidelines as to how to develop a praxis cycle of assessment, idea generation and execution, and real world examples of sometimes staggeringly simple solutions to complex social problems. @uk_nesta @the_young_fdn
|Out of the Ordinary|
A book by David Robinson, founder of Community Links in east London. It spells out his experience of and vision for relationship-based approaches to work with families, children and young people. The e-book is available as a free download. @Comm_Links
Great ideas and examples for developing public partnerships around ensuring that children in communities nationwide have access to great places to play.
|Project for Public Spaces|
PPS’s “How to Turn A Place Around” workshop and their “Place Game” are great tools for improving the quality of life in communities, working from the ground up. Their monthly e-letter always has good articles. @PPS_Placemaking
|Promising Practices Catalogue/Imagine Canada|
Imagine Canada is the voice for Canadian charities. It maintains an on-line searchable library, one section of which is dedicated to “promising practices.” @ImagineCanada
|Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space|
A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic. This blog by Richard Layman focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work.
|Social Capitalist Values & Competencies|
Overview of the values and competencies that frame the work and training curriculum of SCI Social Capital Inc, whose mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.
|The Community Guide: What Works to Promote Health|
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you choose programs and policies to improve health in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer questions such as: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?
|The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide|
Social media can be useful to your organization… but how useful? For what? What tangible results are people seeing from it? Created in partnership with the New Organizing Institute, the Decision Guide walks you through a step-by-step process to decide what social media channels make sense for your organization via a workbook, guide, and the results of more than six months of research. And through the included Consultant Directory, you can find a professional to help define and implement your strategy.
Lists range of literature reviews on topic of elements which promote a mentally healthy neighbourhood.
|What is "legitimate" civic engagement?|
I am a huge fan of Pete Peterson, and remember being inspired and sobered up by this brief article on what constitutes ‘legitimate’ civic engagement, i.e actually listening to people’s opinions and including them in a decision making process. The four steps outlined by Common Sense California here make a lot of sense to me.
Good example of a useable, plain language web resource. This one is for educators in the U.S.A.
WiserEarth helps the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances. @WiserEarth