Interprets: Working Places Initiative Alumni on Proven Principles for Community Development
The Boston Fed’s Working Places initiative is built on years of field experience from teams working throughout New England to boost collaborative strategies that improve the lives of low-income residents. Time to share these important learnings.
Finding common ground on a vision for the future and economic outcomes that benefit all residents is one key element of successful community building.
A culture of inclusive leadership and shared ownership of civic goals, efforts, and results ensures that all stakeholders have a voice in shaping and growing their communities.
Effective community engagement requires specific outreach to all local resident groups in ways that enable them to have a say in crafting, implementing, and evaluating efforts to address their critical needs.
Learning orientation in community building is considering multiple information sources, leveraging past successes, adapting after failures, being open to new ideas, and committing to find inclusive, sustainable solutions to community challenges.
Disrupting the status quo is difficult but essential to solving community issues with deep roots in the policies, practices, norms, and culture of the past that hold them in place.