Community democracy strategies strengthen the capacity of local philanthropy and others, including government, public and private institutions, to engage residents to have a direct role in solving community problems. This does not mean that all community engagement efforts necessarily lead to the same ends. Some primarily build institutional capacity while others build community capacity and self-reliance, the work of what we call Community Democracy Workshop.
In this June workshop with Peter Pennekamp and Garland Yates of Community Democracy Workshop, participating community foundations will identify where they currently are on the community engagement continuum, and discuss their aspirations for their organizations and home communities. Motivated by these questions, our goal is to have each participating community foundation become more competent to employ the tools and practices of community democracy to solve community problems.
This event is only open to community foundation staff and board members in Washington State. If you have questions or would like to register, please email Sindhu Knotz.