"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Location: Nationwide

Website: communitymatters.org

CommunityMatters equips cities and towns to strengthen their places and inspire change. As an alliance of leaders in the community building field CommunityMatters champions the notion that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and shape its future. We facilitate connections, provide education and infuse inspiration at the local level

CommunityMatters prepares communities to re-create themselves. Many people are already speaking up, reaching out and acting on their ideas, and those efforts need support. We offer the tools, resources and expertise that communities need, when they need them.

Whether you’re interested in building consensus for a school budget, using values to drive local decisions, or identifying technology to facilitate conversation, we stand ready to help CommunityMatters champions the idea that through transparent, collaborative conversations, communities can steer change at home. The partner organizations that comprise CommunityMatters are committed to sharing learning and best practices that help you create the vibrant place where you want to live.

Together, the CommunityMatters partnership conference and other programs fuel a growing network of leaders, thinkers and doers in a variety of disciplines – planning, sustainability, health, democracy, education, economic development and the arts - all of which are critical to building stronger communties.

CommunityMatters is inspired by the Orton Family Foundation.

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