I can’t believe it has been three months since our conference in Big Sky! What an exciting event. It was great to see the fellowship and engagement among colleagues and friends within the field of Community Development. As part of the synergy, there were many initiatives and partnerships formed as well as great practices and research shared. Yet, as I reflect on the past few months, it seems the energy often wains after the conference. While this is normal in professional organizations, I still ask, “Why doesn’t the energy continue throughout the year?”
Friends, I am excited to tell you that it can. With the implementation and continued development of our current website, we can connect to work on new and existing projects, share best practices and relay exciting research findings, further enhancing our field. As stated last month, I have started a discussion pertaining to the proposed definition of Community Development. I encourage your insight and discussion regarding the discussion as it will only help strengthen our society. You can provide your comments by logging into the CDS website http://www.comm-dev.org/ then click on the CDS Connect link.
I would also encourage you to join and provide your input in our CDS Groups. These are thematic groups that focus on community development practices and topics within specific contexts. You can chat with members from across the world about topics relevant to you and your community. Lastly, I ask, “Where is the future of Community Development?” I would love to hear your insight regarding our profession’s future.
Please log into http://www.comm-dev.org/ and provide your input. This will help the synergy be year-round rather than seasonally. Also, please let us know if there are parts of the website that could be improved or enhanced.
All the best,