Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums

Millions of people use the Community Toolbox each year to get help take action, teach, and train others in organizing for community development. Dive in to find help assessing

community needs and resources, addressing social determinants of health, engaging stakeholders, action planning, building leadership, improving cultural competency, planning an evaluation, and sustaining your efforts over time. The Community Toolbox is a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas and can be found here.

Jennifer Bridge, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension authored "Facilitating Community Forums" in 2016. It is one of their Community and Economic Development Publications and it can be found at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/ced_reports/12

Developing Materials for Deliberative Forums is a tool developed by Brad Rourke and is available free from the Kettering Foundation. It can be found here.

Common Ground for Action has conducted online community forums. This 5-minute video provides an overview of those forums. The video and other how-to information is available here.

Strategic Doing™— Agile Strategy Lab

This process teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes a nd adjust along the way. In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. The process enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile, and fast — just what organizations, communities and regions need to survive and thrive. More information can be found here.

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