In The Different Drum, M. Scott Peck asserts that community is often borne out of crisis, comes about by accident, or can be created by design. The implication is that we can wait for happenstance, or be purposeful in our efforts to foster the structure and relationships necessary for a thriving community.
The Community Development Society is committed to investing resources in innovative ways to enhance the field of community development. This year, the CDS Institutional Capacity Grant is focused on supporting the growth and involvement of CDS membership through the CIL Fellows program. Working through the University of Kentucky Community Innovation Lab (CIL), 21 participants are connecting monthly to learn from one another and support each other in community. The team is exploring innovative practices in community engagement and involvement, as applied to 5 key areas/groups:
- The Community Change Network
- The International Society for Quality of Life Studies
- CDS Student and Young Professionals
- International Community Development
- Community Development in Urban areas.
Our focus in each of these very different types of community is intended to lead to stronger networks, improved information sharing, and to test and document creative ways of strengthening community groups. The success of our work, however, involves all of us. This initiative is not just about special interests, it is about discovering how each of us can be more purposeful in our community development. You can be a part of this initiative on the CDS website in the “CDS connect”. We want you to join us. Sign in to www.comm-dev.org to meet the fellows and join us in this year of learning!