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:

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  • The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) connects, motivates, and equips local leaders to build more prosperous regions and advance those living on the economic margins.
  • The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions works to engage all sectors in the community: nonprofits, business, philanthropy, and government in order to create dramatic progress on community wide issues.
  • The Aspen Institute Race Card Project taps into the hidden conversations of race through collecting thousands of Six Word essays on Race and Cultural Identity.
  • Ascend is a policy program at the Aspen Institute and the national hub for 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.
  • The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership that significantly improve student learning, completion, and employing after college- especially for the growing population of students of color and low-income students on American campuses.
  • The Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program improves public education by inspiring, informing, and influencing education leaders across policy and practice, with an emphasis on achieving equity for traditionally underserved students.
  • The Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to the meet the challenges of business leadership in the 21st century.
  • The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is uniting leaders to re-envision what constitutes success in our schools. With the help of teachers, parents, and students in communities across the country, the commission will explore how schools can fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development to support the whole student.

This Month’s Featured Organizations:

  • The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving the Chicago region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy.
  • The Silverback Society is a group of African-American men who, in partnership with selected schools, are committed to providing a systemic mentoring program for middle school boys.
  • The Resurrection Project builds relationships and challenges individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets.
  • Kids Off the Block works to provide at-risk, low-income youth with positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system.
  • The Residents Association of Greater Englewood is a resident-driven association established to build relationships with fellow residents, Englewood’s public officials, business owners and organizations.

Dinner Gatherings:


  • 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:

Weaver Philosophy

What follows are various articles that further articulate the Relationalist life style: