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Join Us. Where it all started. 1969. Turmoil, seismic change. Response: Community – Development - Society.
Sound familiar? 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?
How do we, as community development practitioners, researchers, scholars, and community members, take up the baton from our founders and cultivate the future sorely in need of our skills, insights, and leadership? Reflect on our guiding CDS Principles of Good Practice (listed below) as you consider your contributions to the conference. Then help answer all or some of the questions posed here as you assemble your proposals and plan for participation in the 50th anniversary gathering of the Community Development Society, in our shared home of Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Presenters will be notified by March 1, 2019 (international attendees by February 1) or sooner. All presenters must be registered for the conference by June 14, 2019 to be included in the final agenda and program.
Watch for more details soon on the local arrangements and registration at www.comm-dev.org ! For more information on the program, contact Jane Leonard, 2019 Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org -- or call 651-303-5263 (USA phone number).
As a part of the CDS beliefs, CDS members follow these core Principles of Good Practice:
|Call For||Deadline||Next Step|
|1. Presentations on research and/or practice||November 30, 2018||Start a Proposal|
|2. Poster Abstracts||November 30, 2018||Start a Proposal|
|3. Roundtables||November 30, 2018||Start a Proposal|
|4. Pre-Conference Workshops||November 30, 2018||Start a Proposal|
|5. Reflections on CDS Impact||November 30, 2018||Start a Proposal|
|6. Student Volunteer Opportunities||June 1, 2019||Start a Proposal|
|7. CDS Mentor||November 30, 2018||Be a Mentor|
The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development for presentation at the 2019 Community Development Society Conference, July 14-17, 2019 in Columbia. Missouri, founding home of CDS. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Coming Home to Cultivate the Future” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.
The following types of abstract proposals will be considered:
*Any submissions exceeding specified word count will automatically be rejected.
Abstracts not meeting these minimum guidelines will be returned without review.
Title Page: List title of your abstract, name(s) and institutions/organizations of each author. For the lead author only , include contact information (mailing address and email address). Include up to five keywords that describe your abstract.
Abstracts: The abstract should accurately communicate how your proposal relates to community development and the 50th anniversary theme. It should be double spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font. No author names or identifying information should appear in the abstract.
Each proposal will be blind-peer reviewed by CDS members. Abstracts will be evaluated based on novelty, contribution to the field of community development and quality of th research/practitioner-based project.
The lead author of the abstract proposal will be notified of the review decision via email on or before (February 1, 2019 for non-USA based presenters and March 1, 2019 for USA-based presenters). The guidelines for preparing final abstracts will be sent in early 2019 to those accepted for presentation. Review deadlines are contingent upon the prompt return of reviews by CDS members.
No changes to authorship will be accepted once the proposal has entered the review process.
V.P. Programs, CDS
President, Growth & Justice, Minnesota USA
Tel. (651) 303-5263
Lead Author’s Name
Lead Author’s Professional Affiliation
Corresponding Author’s Name
Corresponding Author’s Affiliation
Corresponding Author’s Name
Corresponding Author’s Affiliation
Keywords: (Please list three key words related to your submission)
Educator/Practitioner Abstract Headings:
Research Abstract Headings:
Pre-conference Workshops: On Sunday, July 14, 2019, we will be hosting pre-conference workshops that engage our membership in meaningful, intensive, and interactive sessions to gain new skills related to community development. Each workshop will be scheduled for a half day or a full day (2.5 hours or 5 hours). Pre-conference workshops should be highly engaging and can cover a variety of topics related to the field of Community Development.
Reflections on CDS Impact: This a new request for proposals area, meant to both celebrate and amplify the contributions in and of the community development field made by CDS researchers, scholars, and practitioners over the course of the past 50 years that are used in the world at large and/or inform our innovations in community development research and practices going forward. Specifically, we want to identify the methods, approaches, theories, studies, that OTHER institutions make use of that were developed by people and institutions involved with CDS. Example: foundation or government agency programs that tout and/or fund certain community development practices but may not realize that the invention and testing of that theory and/or practice came from CDS researchers/practitioners. We want to see and reflect on the impact of CDS across 50 years of the community development field and beyond. Figure on a 20 to 45-minute presentation, including discussion Q & A. The set up and number of presenters is flexible but audience engagement is encouraged (aka not a lecture). Bring partners in the public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors.
Roundtables: Roundtables are 45-minute oral presentations with attendees seated around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include 15 minutes of presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table, in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic.
Student Volunteer Opportunities: CDS is need of student volunteers to assist during the conference (wayfinding, registration, social media reporting, photography) and ahead of the conference (social media promotion, fundraising). Volunteers completing at least 10 hours of service are eligible for discounted conference rates and housing assistance.
Purpose: The intent of the CDS Mentorship program is to help first-time CDS Conference attendees to navigate the conference experience, develop networking relationships, and have a point person to direct questions.
Mentors: CDS Mentors are experienced members who will be at 2019 Missouri conference and volunteer to:
If you are willing to be a CDS Mentor for first-time attendees, international participants, and students, please sign up on the Google Form section for CDS Mentor. Shortly before the conference, you will receive an email with the contact information for your mentee(s).
For more information on the program, contact Jane Leonard, CDS Vice President of Programs & 2019 Program Chair at email@example.com -- or call 651-303-5263 (USA phone number).