15th in our Best practices in Community Empowerment series.
Brian Fier is involved in community building and development. He is interested in information dissemination, collaboration, and improving communities. Additionally, he is developing tools for connecting people to each other and to information with the intention of helping improve communities and people’s lives. One such project is Campus Dakota (@CampusDakota) where he is the President and Community Developer. Brian has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University; his coursework was focused on the social sciences. He is also a Firefighter and Paramedic Specialist with Bettendorf Fire Rescue, and Flotilla Staff Officer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
[Brian is the latest Blockhead to sign up to run this site, and this is his first post. Welcome aboard, Officer Fier. - Eds]
Do you want to bring people together to make things better, but don’t know how to go about it? The Community Tool Box offers detailed resources related to creating and maintaining coalitions and partnerships. The resource is divided into the six areas listed below. Each section provides easy to follow information and tools for getting started on tackling an issue.
This section provides a broad overview on creating and maintaining coalitions and partnerships. It provides questions to consider, steps to take, ideas to ponder, and more. If you do not know where to start, start with this section and continue from there.
Expanding beyond the outline from the previous section, this section provides many links to other resources that will help you consider different things as you work to build and maintain coalitions and partnerships.
If you are looking for a direct how-to this is the place for you.
Take a look at the following four examples of how real people and organizations went about building and maintaining coalitions and partnerships:
- Unemployment and The North Quabbin Community Coalition
- EQUAL Members Collaborate for Long-Term Community Change
- Project Example: AbilityLinks Increases Employment for People with Disabilities
- Conferences Unite Communities to Raise Women’s Awareness of Smoking Risks
- Quick Tips: Defining Your Coalition’s Membership
- Tool: Including Diverse Participants
- Quick Tips: Principles for Coalition Success.
Want more resources? Check out these links.