Track Leaders: Vaughn and Sandy Grisham
In this track, participants are initially introduced to the basic components of community development. Building on that introduction, we share the positive experiences of places like those from which our class members come: places where citizens solve their issues without unusual resources. In the process, they achieve extraordinary results and grow confident in solving their own problems.
We then move to engaging the track teams in actual case studies in which participants are able to work through challenges similar to or identical to the major issues of their places. In short, we train participants in community development, so they may return to their area and make the changes they so desire.
We draw on more than thirty-five years of experience in the field of community development to walk the group through each step of this problem-solving and evolution process.
Who should attend?
While we invite any citizens willing to invest their time and resources to become a part of the community development process, this track is most applicable to community teams. We recommend at least three team participants so that you can actively participate in hands-on planning for your community.
This session would also benefit those interested in adopting a team-based approach to community development and those involved in the strategic planning process for their community.
What can I expect to learn?
- How to create trust among individuals in your community and get the right people “on the bus.”
- How to build successful teams.
- How to identify and create processes for specific projects.
Physical tools and takeaways from this session: Beginnings of a strategic plan to improve your community and a list of resources to guide your work following this session.
Track Capacity: 30