Getting Started: Virtual Workshop Series

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About this Event

Our first free Getting Started with Community Heart & Soul Virtual Workshop Series, started September 29, 2020. This five-part series prepared participants to get started with Community Heart & Soul, a proven model for community development based on what matters most.

About the Virtual Workshop Series

Community Heart & Soul is a unique community development model that brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns based on what matters most to everyone. It results in a clear path for the future while restoring pride, attracting new leaders, honoring history and culture, and building trust.

Guided by three principles—Involve Everyone, Focus on What Matters Most, and Play the Long Game—Community Heart & Soul towns in 19 states from Maine to Washington are demonstrating resilience during crisis.

Attendees learned steps to get started with Community Heart & Soul in this free virtual workshop series.

Who Attended?

Residents, community leaders, and organizations with an interest in guiding community actions based on the simple premise—what matters most in their communities.

Watch the Session Recordings

Session 1: An Introduction to Community Heart & Soul

Participants discovered how the three principles of Community Heart & Soul lead to positive change in small cities and towns.

Featured Speakers: Leanne Tingay, Senior Associate of Training & Jane Lafleur, Senior Director of Market Development

Watch the session recording below.

 

Session 2: The Four Elements of Readiness

Participants learned how to prepare for Community Heart & Soul by recognizing existing community strengths and opportunities.

Featured Speakers: Alexis Halbert, Senior Associate of Training & Erik Estrada, Community Manager at the Community Foundation of South Jersey

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Session 3: Who Lives, Works and Plays in Our Community?

Participants learned how to begin a Community Network Analysis to reach and involve as many people as possible.

Featured Speakers: Leanne Tingay, Senior Associate of Training & Jen Danifo, Senior Program Officer at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council

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Session 4: Spreading the Word About Heart & Soul in Our Community

Participants learned how to prepare about talking with others in the community about Community Heart & Soul and its benefits.

Featured Speakers: Sara Lightner, Senior Director & Jenny Robbins, Manager of Community Development with Georgia Electric Membership Corporation

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Session 5: Community Investment in Heart & Soul

Participants began planning for the resources needed to carry out Community Heart & Soul.

Featured Speakers: Erik Ortiz, Senior Associate & Jason Neises, Heart & Soul Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Watch the session recording below.