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The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change is a national forum in which leaders of innovative and promising efforts to improve conditions in poor communities can share lessons about their work and make progress on common challenges : The Roundtable’s goal is to strengthen the quality of policies, research, and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth, families and communities in distressed areas, as well as to strengthen the practice in the community change field in a way that will lead to vibrant, racially equitable communities. They also support work on community revitalization efforts.

 

The Roundtable also examines the contribution of community-building strategies to improve social, economic, and civic outcomes for children, youth, families and neighborhoods; build the capacity of local governments and communities to work more effectively toward common goals; and explore and apply innovative learning methodologies to community-building topics. The Roundtable is known for its pioneering work on Theories of Change and community building evaluation.

 

That said, they have several publications and “process and practice tutorials”  that could be useful to us.

  • Resident-Centered Community Building, What Makes it Different?
  • Complexity and Community Change, Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness
  • Voices From the Field, Identifying effective policies and practices.

 

They are currently focused on helping a variety of organizations apply the lessons from “Voices From the Field”, including learning in real time, developing better connections between neighborhoods and regions, and aligning public and private resources for community benefit.

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CNG Partner Sites

United Way of Olmsted County

Rochester Area Foundation

Rochester Public Library

Diversity Council

Channel One

Minnesota Children's Museum - Rochester

CNC

A sub-site of dmcBEAM, the Community Network Center (CNC) aims to provide "continuous communication" for Community Networking Group (CNG) to increase awareness and understanding of public, private, non-profit organizations' plans and needs so that individually and collectively we will be more effective in carrying out our mission of serving the community.

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How to participate?

Step 1: Find out more about CNG and if its vision and mission inspire you to act. Things to consider include: What can I get out of participation? What can I contribute to the network? Take a look at the FAQ's and read more about this effort on our InfoCenter .

Step 2: Get on our distribution list.

 

Community Status/News

Diversity Council newsmaker (September 18, 2018)

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts (September 16, 2018)

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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Cradle to Career - Julie Block Named ED (September 07, 2018)

Cradle to Career announced today that Julie Brock will join the community wide initiative as Executive Director

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2016-2020 Housing Framework (August 21, 2018)

Notes and presentation from  the July Housing Conversation hosted by Kim Norton.

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Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulletin Report (August 08, 2018)

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights) (July 30, 2018)

July 18, 2018 Commissioner Lindsey of the MN Department of Human Rights Forum with Rochester Community.

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CNG Steering Committee info "Stop the Census Citizenship Question" (July 27, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee helping LWV spread the word to "Take Action Now To Stop the Census Citizenship Question!"

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