Would your community benefit from leaders who:
Accelerate community potential for building capacity, innovation, collective impact, and ultimately, comprehensive community transformation?
Contribute to meaningful and responsive policies, programs, services, and events that help people grow and be healthy, build strong families and communities, provide opportunities for those that are disadvantaged, protect the environment, stimulate the economy, and add to the quality of life in our communities?
Understand that success is dependent upon a process that encourages system-thinking and shared leadership, responsibility, and accountability?
Have access to networks of other agents of transformation and opportunities to share the collective wisdom that would increase everyone's opportunities for learning and growth?
We provide training for community leaders at all levels…
Although a fast paced and increasingly complex society has resulted in it becoming more and more difficult to predict changes and trends, futurists agree the local communities that thrive will be those that have strong and trusted relationships, networks, and webs able to support “meshwork”.
It's all about meshwork...
If the industrial era was about building things, the emerging information and organic eras are about connecting things, people, and ideas.
The kind of meshwork we need to make communities successful will require a commitment and investment in efficient and effective learning opportunities that legitimize and further develop staff and volunteers from all sectors to act as community builders.
and practical and affordable learning opportunities…
This focus on enhancing collaborative leadership and community building at all levels will ensure practitioners who have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to address complex social, environmental, and economic issues. They will be able to do this as the result of serving as a catalyst for the cross-sectoral work necessary for increased collective community impact and ultimately comprehensive community transformation.
Any concept of collective impact and community transformation will need to be a collaborative learning and development effort. This will require a unique cycle of practical, peer-focused learning, application, sharing, and reflection to set the stage for delivering meaningful outcomes.
Additionally this learning will require an emphasis be placed on a framework of competencies. In other words, a solid understanding of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes will be needed by community leaders.
Competencies for Community Builders
If we accept that good leaders are essential for communities to grow and develop, what exactly does that mean? And, what does it take to become one? What competencies or skills, knowledge, and attitudes are required?
Our extensive applied research has identified the following competencies as a framework for the community leadership training and support provided by the Campus.
Practitioners from any sector (health, social services, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, recreation, agricultural, arts, cooperatives, environment etc) will need to be able to reliably demonstrate the following competencies:
- ADOPT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
Apply community development strategies for strengthening relationships and building networks.
- SERVE AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE
Demonstrate, and exert influence by building trusting relationships to act as a catalyst for transformation.
- DEMONSTRATE A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Practice the ongoing personal and professional growth and development that results in innovation.
- EMBRACE BIG PICTURE THINKING
Utilize a proactive, systems thinking/holistic approach.
- BE A CATALYST FOR CITIZEN RESPONSIBILITY
Place a priority on engaging and cultivating community ownership and responsibility.
- SUPPORT QUALITY OF LIFE ADVOCACY
Work proactively to promote programs and initiatives e.g. recreation, parks, sports, arts, culture, and heritage as services that deliver benefits to the community that will enhance and balance economic development.
- COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
Apply community development planning approaches that result in transformation.
What Makes Our Training Unique?
Depending upon the specific certificate (Foundational Community Building, Community Building for Practitioners and Future Forward Thinking), these competencies will be delivered at varying levels of depth that typically reflect the following components:
- Preliminary readings or assessments to be completed prior to the actual webinar or live workshop
- Participation in each of the required webinars or live workshops
- Post-webinar/workshop online assessment(s)
- Completion of a number of assignments, which will be focused on the participant applying the objectives to activities related to his/her specific initiatives
- Participation in online meetings, where the webinar learnings will be applied to specific settings. Completion of a number of assignments (selected from a menu of options), which will be focused on the participant applying the learnings to activities related to their specific initiatives.
- Final Testing Process
Certifications are currently being offered in convenient, affordable, interactive online learning sessions.
- Foundational Community Building1
- Community Connectors
- Community Development for Practitioners
- Leadership for Communities of the Future
- Evaluating Community Initiatives
- Customized Community Development
Note that Foundational Community Building is a prerequisite for both the Community Connectors and the Community Development Certificates