The Community Innovation Network is a cross-sector network of community building experts, nonprofits, researchers, and people working on the grassroots level who are leaders in organizing communities toward understanding and social change. We are a resource for building and connecting communities and people through strength-based approaches to collaborative  community change.

SPOTLIGHT: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

There are many challenges we face today that reflect a growing separation and misunderstanding across diversity, a breakdown in civil society and the democratic process. Local communities are at the forefront of these challenges as they struggle to create avenues to foster understanding across groups who are increasingly polarized. Aware of these needs, we have been working for months to build a set of tools and resources that can be used to empower communities, foster dialogue and build community.

Stay tuned for more information on our plans to decrease the polarization in our society, bring people together across differences, and strengthen the social fabric of democracy.

UPCOMING NETWORK TRAININGS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

For over 25 years, communities have used Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as a strength-based approach to change. ABCD builds community from the inside out as residents become producers rather than needy people seeking services. Learn the power of asset mapping, a fundamental tool that discovers the gifts of individuals, the power of networks and associations, and local organizations that are then leveraged to create change. Time Banking is an example of an asset-based approach that builds community and improves the quality of life while promoting the free exchange of talent and work. Two-day training. 
For over 25 years, communities have used Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as a strength-based approach to change. ABCD builds community from the inside out as residents become producers rather than needy people seeking services. Learn the power of asset mapping, a fundamental tool that discovers the gifts of individuals, the power of networks and associations, and local organizations that are then leveraged to create change. Time Banking is an example of an asset-based approach that builds community and improves the quality of life while promoting the free exchange of talent and work. Two-day training. 
Appreciative Inquiry departs from traditional problem solving and by discovering the strengths of an organization or community as a building block for creating and implementing a vision for the future. Learn how AI can be used in three ways: (1) As a way of living your life or being in the world; (2) As a positive approach to working with change in families, groups, organizations, communities; and (3) As a five phase process of learning and change. In this AI Foundations course, come learn how to develop an appreciative interview, become familiar with the 5-D process and experience this positive change tool as you apply it to your own organization or community.  3-day
Appreciative Inquiry departs from traditional problem solving and by discovering the strengths of an organization or community as a building block for creating and implementing a vision for the future. Learn how AI can be used in three ways: (1) As a way of living your life or being in the world; (2) As a positive approach to working with change in families, groups, organizations, communities; and (3) As a five phase process of learning and change. In this AI Foundations course, come learn how to develop an appreciative interview, become familiar with the 5-D process and experience this positive change tool as you apply it to your own organization or community. 3-day
  • Racial Equity and Inclusion Training - Groundwater ($75)

    July 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Neighborhood G.R.O.W.S Summer Session: Idea

    July 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44110, USA

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  • For the Love of Cleveland: The Challenges of Success

    July 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Public Square, Cleveland, OH, USA

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  • Story of Self: Learn your self-Interest

    July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave Suite 310, Cleveland, OH 44103, USA

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  • Neighbor Up West Side

    July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    4300 Denison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA

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  • Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives

    July 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Public Square, Cleveland, OH, USA

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  • Story Building in the Square

    July 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Public Square, Cleveland, OH, USA

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