Tools For Weavers
Weave relationships in your community using some of the tools and learnings from this growing movement
Do you have additional tools and resources to share with others in this movement? Please share with Krystle Starvis.
Resources within the Aspen Institute:
- The Community Strategies Group (CSG) connects, motivates, and equips local leaders to build more prosperous regions and advance those living on the economic margins.
- The Forum for Community Solutions works to engage all sectors in the community in order to create dramatic progress on community wide issues.
- The Race Card Project taps into the hidden conversations of race through collecting thousands of Six Word essays on Race and Cultural Identity.
- Ascend focuses on collecting breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.
- The Center for Urban Innovation connects and supports leaders from government, business, non-profits, and philanthropy who want to link innovation and inclusion in America’s cities and metropolitan areas.
This Month’s Featured Organizations:
- The Interfaith Youth Core partners with American colleges and universities to explore issues of diversity and difference. IFYC equips students, educators, and whole institutions with the vision, knowledge, and skills to advance interfaith cooperation on campus and far beyond.
- The On Being Project is a media and public life initiative that explores the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts.
- Upswell seeks to inspire a community oriented towards the common good through hosting a series of convenings for changemakers of all kinds – community organizers, philanthropists, government officials, corporations, and more.
- Up2Us Sports looks to engage, train and support sports coaches to transform youth, programs and communities.
- The Nebraska Community Foundation empowers local leaders to identify community assets, invest in their own resources, and bring about their own positive change. NCF’s affiliated funds are led by those who best know the needs of the community — the people who call it home.
- The Dinner Party’s mission is to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement.
- Make America Dinner Again believes that the results of the 2016 election have highlighted great divides in opinion, whether between family, neighbors, or perfect strangers. In an attempt to build understanding and move forward together, they’re inviting people to sit down and have dinner. These small dinners consist of respectful conversation, guided activities and delicious food shared among 6-10 guests who have differing political viewpoints and our countries best interests at heart.
- The People’s Supper aims to repair the breach in interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse. And they plan to do it in the most nourishing way they know- over supper!
- On the Table is an annual forum designed to take people places- to offices, schools, libraries, restaurants and other spaces where they meet others, share ideas, and explores ways to improve the Chicago region.
- Jefferson Dinner: Reviving the American tradition of dynamic conversation across differences of opinion (over good food) to save the republic.
- OneTable aims to take a step back, connect with one another, and have moments of mindfulness through weekly Shabbat dinners.
- JBJ Soul Kitchen: Welcoming all to the table with dignity and respect, and feeding them with locally sourced ingredients. It labels itself a community restaurant where people can come, meet their neighbors, and have a farm-to-table meal. .
- St. Lydia’s Dinner Church: Working together to dispel isolation, reconnect neighbors, and subvert the status quo.
- The Stop uses food as a tool to build healthier, more connected, and more self-determined communities.
Guides to Productive Conversation:
Below are a number of different ways to engage in community minded discourse:
- The Common Party
- Living Room Conversations
- Conversation Café Principles for Conversation
- Convergence Tips for Successful Dialogue
- Listen First Conversation Guide
- Essential Partners: Reaching Across the Divide
- Organizing Community Wide Dialogue for Action and Change
What follows are various articles that further articulate the Relationalist life style: