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ENGAGING FOR CHANGING for Active, Creative & Engaged Communities Brenda Herchmer Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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1 ENGAGING FOR CHANGING for Active, Creative & Engaged Communities Brenda Herchmer Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

2 2 Session Outcomes Participants will leave the session with an awareness of how to: 1. Describe community development/community building and its relevance to Kids at Hope 2.Apply community development beliefs and approaches to “engaging for change” and “collective impact” 3.Use 5 key learnings to help facilitate community change and growth.

3 What’s an ACE Community? 3

4 Key Learning # 1 Focus on Making the Shifts Happen that will Ensure Collective Impact

5 SHIFT IN EMPHASIS FROMTO 1. Leadership Traditional, Business, Hierarchical Community Leadership, Distributed 2. Outcomes One OutcomeMultiple Outcomes 3. Power Top DownBottom Up

6 SHIFT IN EMPHASIS FROMTO 4. Collaboration Within SilosAcross Silos 5. Involvement Professionally Driven Citizen Driven 6. Timing Short Term, Cautious, Reactive Long term, Courageous, Change

7 Key Learning # 2 Make Room for Different Kinds of Thinking

8 8 Assessing Your Leadership Style People -FocusedGoal-focused Public ENERGIZERORGANIZER Private NURTURERRESEARCHER


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11 LEFT BRAIN (Tree Thinking) uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science acknowledges order/pattern perception reality based forms strategies practical safe RIGHT BRAIN (Forest Thinking) uses feelings “big picture" oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can "get it”(i.e. meaning) believes appreciates spatial perception presents possibilities impetuous risk taking 11

12 12 THE ACE CHANGE JOURNEY Three Paths to Becoming an ACE Community

13 Key Learning # 3 Community Development Reduces the Pain of Change

14 14 Community Development: What is it? Pair and Share to: 1. Discuss what we mean by the word “community” 2. Discuss what we mean by the word “development”. 3. What does it mean when the two words are combined?

15 15 Community Development Community development is supporting people to build the relationships that will enrich lives, grow their community, and provide opportunities “Action that is purposively directed toward altering local conditions in a positive way” “Providing a culture that facilitates the empowering of individuals and groups of people to effect change in their own communities”.

16 Community is about FEELINGS 1. a feeling of BELONGING to something or some group 2. a feeling of PRIDE in that group 3. a feeling of being part of something IMPORTANT and of being INCLUDED 4. a feeling of NOT BEING ALONE, of knowing that others in our community will help us even if they don’t know us 16

17 Social Action Social Planning Community Development (see page 11 larger toolkit) Strategies Typically Used to Organize Communities 17

18 Wheel of Community Engagement INFORM Communicate information to the community CONSULT Seek the opinions of the community INVOLVE Community participates in decision making and action EMPOWER Community shares or leads decision making power Source: Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Primary Industries, Effective Community Engagement Workbook and Tools Version 2 January 2004.

19 Key Learning # 4 Values Matter

20 Top 10 Values of ACE Communities 1. Citizen engagement 2. Collective responsibility for community building 3. Integrated delivery systems 4. Diversity 5. Creativity 6. Sustainability 7. Recreation, parks, arts, culture and heritage are seen as important to quality of life 8. Community brand/personality 9. Strong communication 10. Status quo is not okay 20

21 Key Learning # 5 Forget About the “Suits” YOU can lead the change

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23 23 Understands, demonstrates and exerts influence by building trusting Relationships. AGENT OF CHANGE

24 24 Practices ongoing personal and professional growth and development. COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

25 25 Utilizes a proactive systems- thinking/holistic approach. BIG PICTURE THINKING

26 26 Places a priority on engaging and cultivating community ownership and responsibility. CATALYST FOR CITIZEN RESPONSIBILITY

27 27 Has the ability to work proactively to promote recreation, parks, sports, arts, culture, and heritage as services that deliver essential benefits. QUALITY OF LIFE ADVOCACY

28 28 Applies community development planning strategies. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

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30 STEPS 1-5 Ensure Engagement 1. Ignite & invite others to participate 2. Share strengths & successes 3. Research your community 4. Define priorities 5. Engage others who need to be involved 30

31 STEPS 6-10 Reflect a More Typical Plan 6. Define Vision, Values & Priorities 7. Describe Purpose 8. Identify Outcome 9. Develop Strategies and Take Action 10. Learn Celebrate and Tell the Story 31

32 For more information or to sign up for our monthly newsletter see For more information: Brenda Herchmer 780.643.1774

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