Building an empowered community is a deeply held passion and is considered inherently valuable to us here at Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates. So let’s get started: Build an Empowered Community in 5 steps.
Let’s start with the obvious question: what is an empowered community?
An Empowered Community
An empowered community is a community where every individual feels able and encouraged to contribute to the betterment, growth and strengthening of a community in which they feel ownership and, most importantly, belonging.
1. Coalition Building
Coalition building is one path to community empowerment. Bringing together individuals and leaders who represent a broad range of stakeholders and community sectors and seeking to find common ground on a particular topic or issue. Tom Wolff writes about community empowerment through coalition building:
Health and Human Service Coalitions aim to improve the community’s quality of life by: developing the community’s local planning capacity, increasing collaborative problem solving, promoting greater cooperation, developing an advocacy capacity of the community, and increasing information access.
2. Community Skills and Knowledge Overview
Download the Building an Empowered Community: Practical Tips e-book for practical tips on how to build community skills and knowledge.
3. Seek Equality in your community
4. Build Participation as a cultural value
5. Be an advocate for Social Justice
A final word on building an empowered community
Contributing to the growth and strength of an empowered community doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it the work of one individual, business, community organization, or entity. It is a rather abstract, nebulous even, concept. The fruit, as they say, bears witness to the existence and power of an empowered community.
Download the Building an Empowered Community: Practical Tips e-book for more.
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