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Thursday, April 9 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
TH3.15.08 New Approaches to Fostering and Sustaining Community Change

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Building on the long history of community organizing and the more recent comprehensive community building, new approaches are emerging as practitioners promote social capital and networking as central mechanisms for promoting change. This practical session will begin with a theoretical framework for integrating community building, organizing and conflict transformation. Change agents describe three specific case studies in which they developed distinct models to foster and sustain community change. In one case, the theory suggested that a community organizer was needed to sustain the change in an Arab community in northern Israel after the NGO pulled back, which proved to be unfounded as the community thrived despite the lack of a dedicated organizer. In another case, an initiative adapted asset based community development and network centric organizing (based on Lawrence Community Works) to create a vibrant network that facilitates wealth building in disadvantaged neighborhoods surrounding a university and several other anchor institutions. A third case applies the social capital approach to the young adult communities’ movement in Israel, Nepal and Berundi as a means for urban regeneration. Across these case studies, community change centers around promoting social capital, facilitating residents in solving immediate issues that concern them while at the same time working to address long-term structural problems. These promising models have gained a lot of attention but have yet to appear in published literature.


A Three-Fold Cord: Integrating Community Building, Organizing and Conflict Transformation in Community Change
Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University

Young Adult Communities as a Lever for Urban Regeneration
Sara Shadmi-Wortman, Shdemot Center for Community Leadership

Can Activism Survive Without a Community Organizer? A case study from an Arab community in Israel
Ido Shelem, Bridge to the Future

Presenters
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Mark Chupp

Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
I have been on a vision quest throughout my career, seeking to build community across identity groups. I spent years as a practitioner in community building, community organizing and conflict transformation. Social work provided the strongest theoretical and practice foundation for this work. I pursued this quest for community-led social change in both my social work practice and studies. Having initiated several change movements and nonprofit... Read More →
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Sara Shadmi-Wortman

Founder and Director of Development, Shdemot Center for Community Leadership-Oranim Academic College of Education
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Ido Shelem

CEO and Founder, Bridge to the Future
Ido Shelem is the CEO and Founder of Bridge to the Future. He is lawyer turned community entrepreneur. Ido is a former strategic adviser to government departments, leading businesses and foreign governments. He specializes in developing effective methods for developing strong communities in Israel’s border communities (its periphery).Talk to Ido about: community change, measurement and evaluation, innovation and entrepreneurship, building trust... Read More →

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Mark Chupp

Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
I have been on a vision quest throughout my career, seeking to build community across identity groups. I spent years as a practitioner in community building, community organizing and conflict transformation. Social work provided the strongest theoretical and practice foundation for this work. I pursued this quest for community-led social change in both my social work practice and studies. Having initiated several change movements and nonprofit... Read More →

Thursday April 9, 2015 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Palm Isle (lobby level)