Tag Archives: Community Engagement

Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighborhoods

Sparking Change explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighborhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. The report tells the story of communities that have taken action through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process we refer to as park engagement. Learn more... Read more

‘We Failed’ To Design Park That Benefited Neighbors, High Line Creator Says

The creators of the High Line “failed” to design a park that benefited the neighborhood around it, one of its co-founders said. Instead of asking what the design should look like, the co-founder said he wish he’d asked, “What can we do for you?” Since the park opened in 2009, it has attracted millions of visitors and garnered widespread praise, but it’s also been accused of putting gentrification into “hyperdrive” and “destroying” the neighborhoods it traverses. Read more... Read more

Heart & Soul Talks: Strengthen Your Community Through Engagement

Deep community engagement gives local leaders the courage to take risks that lead to positive change. The Orton Family Foundation pioneered the community development method, Community Heart & Soul, based on that premise. On this call, you’ll hear how three leaders went beyond a “check the box” approach to engagement, working with residents to create ambitious plans that have led to dramatic and lasting results in their towns. Register now... Read more

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities

This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was developed to help transportation planners, practitioners, and other decision makers develop effective, locally-appropriate, and replicable strategies for public involvement in transportation planning and programming in small and rural communities. The report provides case studies and resource information to better engage environmental justice communities, as well as strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues. Read report... Read more

Let’s Talk About Community Heart & Soul

Via ICMA Blog What are the strengths of your community? What gives it distinctive character? What is the heart and soul? Having seen his town of Weston, Vermont, nearly torn apart over the approval and bust of a new amusement park, Lyman Orton of the Orton Family Foundation set out to find a better way to involve residents in community planning processes to help answer the questions above. His experience led him to develop Community Heart & Soul: Guided by What Matters... Read more
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