Building Thriving, Resilient Communities

Guide 4: Building a Movement: Tools for Effective Collaboration


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Collaboration is key to building resilient communities, but working together as a group can be challenging. Guide #4 offers tools to help you work effectively as a team, identify community resources and needs, and design an environment from which creativity and collective genius can emerge.

  • Art of Hosting Trainings teaches a combination of powerful conversational processes that harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size to take charge of the challenges facing them.
  • Asset Mapping Toolkit from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University provides a framework for identifying community assets as an alternative to needs-based community mapping.
  • Community At Work offers consulting and training on participatory-based group facilitation, strategic planning, team development, and more.
  • Community Resilience Toolkit from Bay Localize guides community groups in leading workshops to build resilience in their communities while decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. The Toolkit offers San Francisco Bay Area-specific resources and action ideas in food, water, energy, transportation and housing, jobs and economy, and civic services.
  • Designing a Resilient Community from the Center for Ecoliteracy is an interactive curriculum for high school students, introducing them to innovative strategies for redesigning communities to increase their resilience.
  • Community Strategic Visioning Workshops by Future Search are three-day task-focused planning meetings which bring people brings together to tell stories about their past, present and desired future; discover common ground; and make action plans.
  • Loomio is an open-source online tool for collaborative decision-making.
  • Effective Groups is a curriculum developed by Transition Network trainer Nick Osborne to equip social change projects with tools to navigate group dynamics, improve communication, facilitation, and conflict resolution so people work together effectively.
  • Open Space is a self-organizing facilitation methodology in which participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a key theme.
  • World Cafe is a facilitation methodology for hosting large group dialogue around a specific question or theme, based on a set of integrated design principles.