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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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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 .

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Community Status/News

Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting (May 17, 2018)

openBeam's information on structure and Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting
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Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council (May 10, 2018)

Al Lun, openBeam, facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities.

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Rochester Area Volunteer Fair 2018 (May 09, 2018)

List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points (May 08, 2018)

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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Online DMC Dashboard Available (April 29, 2018)

Per DMC Newsletter: "DMC is moving fast. We want to keep you up-to-speed with all the exciting changes happening in the DMC District, so we've created a new way to publicly share the initiative's momentum with a click of a button. Introducing the DMC Metrics Dashboard."

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CNG Steering Committee Members Letter to Rochester City Council and Mayor (April 01, 2018)

CNG Steering Committee members have sent to each member of the council, the mayor, and the city administrator the following letter that supports the inclusion of the core principles of health and wellness, as well as social equity and environmental justice. 

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Help the Y Build a Better Us! (March 19, 2018)

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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