APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, August 1, 2014.
No Longer Accepting Applications
OVERVIEW OF THE OPPORTUNITY
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) invites teams of three senior local officials and key stakeholders from up to 15 U.S. cities and metropolitan regions to a one-of-a-kind training and peer-learning opportunity that will advance and accelerate community-based approaches to building greater resilience.
U.S. cities are experiencing a groundswell of action by neighborhoods, households, and individuals focused on building stronger, more resilient communities in the face of climate change. Cutting-edge city leaders recognize that citizen engagement and strong social networks are a critical component to resilience. They are responding by empowering citizens in resilience planning. The days of citizens having to choose between cooking dinner for the kids or being involved in their community are numbered. Instead, there are a host of innovative methods and tools which empower citizens to co-create plans and policies with city staff that are most relevant to their needs and interests.
This is not easy; government must engage with an active, and vocal, electorate while maintaining an orderly planning process, and citizens must leverage their collective voice and keep goals achievable.
In this Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA) on Empowering Community Resilience, we will share the most effective ways to foster citizens’ momentum for real and lasting community resilience. We will cover the following:
- The best practices for empowering communities by connecting policymakers to real-world issues in local neighborhoods while building a foundation for community participation in resilience planning.
- Effective ways to galvanize local action for resilience by delivering demographic-specific messaging, which makes the meaning of – and need for – resilience hit home with community members.
- Approaches to inclusive planning such as participatory facilitation techniques, crowd-sourced idea generation, and visualization tools for scenario planning.
This workshop is part of ISC’s broader SCLA, a program that builds the capacity of communities – cities, towns, counties, metropolitan regions and rural areas – to advance, accelerate and scale-up local solutions to the global challenges of climate protection and sustainable development.