The Community Development Society is seeking sponsors for the 2020 Annual International Conference. The focus of the 2020 conference is “Global Challenges, Local Resilience”, a theme that will resonate with a number of individuals and organizations involved in community and regional development work across the U.S. and beyond. We welcome your active participation in the CDS conference as a valuable sponsor.
$100 - $499
You'll receive recognition and link on CDS website and acknowledged in pre-general session display and in conference program and promotional emails.
$500 - $999
You'll receive recognition and link on CDS website and acknowledged at the general session, on pre-general session display and other conference signage, and in the conference program and promotional emails.
$1,000 - $2,499
You'll receive one complimentary conference registration and a 1/4-page add in the conference program, in addition to recognition and a link on CDS website and acknowledged at the general session and opening reception, on pre-general session display and other conference signage, and in the conference program and promotional emails.
$2,500 - $4,999
You'll receive one complimentary conference registration, a 1/2-page add in the conference program and a 5-by-8 foot exhibit space, in addition to recognition and link on CDS website and acknowledged at the general session and opening reception, on pre-general session display and other conference signage, and in the conference program and promotional emails.
$5,000 and above
You'll receive two complimentary conference registrations, a full-page add in the conference program and a 5-by-8 foot exhibit space, in addition to recognition and link on CDS website and acknowledged at the general session and opening reception, on pre-general session display and other conference signage, and in the conference program and promotional emails.
The Future of Community Development: the Field and the Society
CDS 2022 Virtual Conference | July 17-20, 2022
Amidst an ongoing global pandemic, social uprisings, and a divisive political climate, these past few years have invited us all to reckon with our identities, our work, and our futures. Many are seeing with more clarity the vast inequities and injustices of our governments and economies that impact the financial, physical, and mental wellbeing of our communities. Where do we go with this knowledge? How do we leverage this moment to recommit to racial, economic, and environmental justice?
Community Development is a transdisciplinary field of study and practice - having academic homes in planning, public administration, sociology, macro social work, and more - and practitioners across levels of government, nonprofit CDCs, developers, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurs. While our specializations may be vastly different, we come together around commitments to collaboration, community-driven practice, community sovereignty, dignity within diversity, informed practice, liberation and empowerment, social justice, and sustainability. Together, the work of community development is inherently richer and more inclusive; together, we can lean into all forms of justice that ground our work.
The call for proposals is now open! We are excited to welcome your proposals for the following:
- Presentations on a single topic: this is a traditional submission for a conference paper or single topic presentation. You will have 20 minutes within a 75 minute session, and will present alongside similar topics.
- Introductions of new tools and methods: this is a shorter presentation, you will have 15 minutes to introduce a new tool or method, alongside a variety of presentations.
- Organized roundtable discussions: organize a facilitated discussion on a topic, 75 minutes
- Organized themed panels: organize a panel of three or so presentations on a general theme, 75 minutes
- Posters: attend poster session and prepare a 5 minute talk
To submit a proposal, please use this google form: https://forms.gle/pRBdQN6N1vK4WauP7. You will be asked to indicate the type of proposal you'd like to submit, the relevant focus area(s), and your contact information. You will then need to upload a document with the appropriate details (outlined in the google form.) Please feel free to use these templates for your convenience:
- Single Topic, New Tool/Method, and Poster Submission Template
- Roundtable Submission Template
- Organized Themed Panel Submission Template
Conference Theme Focus Areas
Under the theme The Future of Community Development: the Field and the Society, there are four focus areas, each with several sub-categories. These help us achieve coherence among breakout sessions as well as the conference overall. We look forward to engaging these topics with you in July!
People: the social sphere of community building
- Community organizing and building collective power
- Building and enhancing human and social capital
- Navigating changing demographics due to migration and displacement
- Building communities of interest/identity/practice (as opposed to communities of place)
- Participatory practice, self-governance, and community control
Place: the environmental sphere of community development
- Equitable Planning and development of built environment
- Planning, stewardship, and restoration of natural environment
- The rural/urban divide, and the future of cities and rural communities
- Environmental justice
Prosperity: the economic sphere of community economic development
- Small business development and financing
- Solidarity economies, alternative economies, or market-based solutions
- Community financing for social, economic, and physical infrastructures
- Creating and connecting to robust employment opportunities in changing economies
Reflective Practice: reflections on practice and scholarship
- Community development education
- Critical approaches to community development practice and research
Join Us. Where it all started. 1969. Turmoil, seismic change. Response: Community – Development - Society.
It’s now 2019 - Back to the future!
The 50th anniversary of the international Community Development Society (CDS) is a golden opportunity to express and explore the extreme relevance and responsibility of the community development field and CDS to be proactive change agents, to help create conditions for and help foster shared and welcoming communities, and to cultivate a future in which community is the pathway through rising chaos and insularity across our world.
It’s a chance for CDS members, and for any and all colleagues, to remember and re-embrace the ideals with which our founders also struggled, to articulate what was happening and what they could do to help amidst the chaotic change of the 1960s. The chaos then compelled them to join forces and form an association of people who believed in the pathway of community to help channel destructive anger into constructive, collaborative, and inclusive citizen-led community-building.
In fact, our founding leaders* made clear that community development is “a radical profession….based on the belief that people can give purposeful direction to their collective future. How this occurs is based on the community, the issues, the current capacity of people and the resource base that is present…Community development is gaining knowledge and empowerment through a process of collaboration and action.” (Practicing Community Development, Donald W. and Doris P. Littrell, University of Missouri Extension, 2006)
The theme for our 50th anniversary program calls upon on our own skills to reflect, collaborate, and then act to plant the seeds for our next 25 years, to cultivate our future, as CDS members, as community development researchers, scholars, practitioners, and, perhaps most importantly as ambassadors of CD in the many communities, organizations, and institutions in which we participate -- in life and in work. “Cultivating the Future” evokes an invitation for and creativity in research, practice, policy, and theory to be shared in 2019 that offer a glimpse of the next 25 years for community development research and practice. We also seek proposals that showcase what we’ve learned in the past 50 years that still inform our work now, and also what’s ahead in the way of tools, insights, processes, challenges and opportunities. For example, 25 years ago, the Internet was barely on the horizon. Now it’s totally changed how we process information, do business, and relate to one another (or not) within communities and across the world.
How do we hold onto our essential and long-standing roots – our guiding principles noted below -- to weather the storms of current day? What, why, and how do we research, teach, guide, and champion positive change for communities -- to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential, intentional seedlings necessary to be able to nurture and grow to maturity the sustainable community, economic, and environmental vitality we seek for all, amidst the tumults of 21st century geopolitical life?
Much is the same as 50 years ago: waves of radical action and radical grace in the face of community and world-wide disruptions. Much has changed. We are more fragmented even as we are more widely and thinly connected. Community is fragile, beloved, and yearned. How can we help cultivate a future seeking and needing community to thrive?
Jane Leonard, 2019 CDS Conference Program Chair.
*Founding leaders who conceived and birthed the Community Development Society in 1969 included:
- George S. Abshier / Oklahoma State University
- Robert C. Anderson / Michigan State University
- A. E. Benson / University of Missouri
- Lee J. Cary / University of Missouri
- Robert C. Child / Southern Illinois University
- John O. Dunbar / Purdue University
- Duane L. Gibson / Michigan State University
- Otto G Hoiberg / University of Nebraska
- E. Frederick List / University of Missouri
- Paul A. Lutz / University of Missouri
- Robert J. McGill / University of Missouri
- Earl F. Pettyjohn / Federal Extension Office
- Bryan M. Phifer / University of Missouri
- C. Brice Ratchford / University of Missouri
- Daniel J. Schler / University of Colorado
- William F. Swegle / Kansas State University
- L. Keith Wilson / University of Utah
Principles of Good Practice
As a part of the CDS beliefs, the organization follows the core Principles of Good Practice:
- Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members
to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
- Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues,
and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts
associated with alternative courses of action.
- Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community
development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to
adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
- Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders,
and groups within the community.
- Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term
sustainability and well being of the community.