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The opening plenary session of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and 2019 CDS Conference will warmly welcome you and challenge us to "learn, listen, critique, and speak" about how our work is succeeding (or failing) in creating a better world. Together, we will spend an energized session merging our collective practical wisdom with provocative questions and co-creativity.Contribute Words and Images
Sunday night will celebrate our history visually with the launch of a new book and more. Monday night will include an ice cream social in the Orr Street Studios with Central Dairy Ice Cream. The traditional “Soap Box” returns on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday’s banquet will be a celebration of the CDS birthday, presentation of awards, and auction of the anniversary quilt depicting community development.Learn More
The 50th anniversary year of the international Community Development Society gives us a golden opportunity to express and explore the extreme relevance and responsibility of the community development field and how all of us can continue to be proactive change agents, to help create conditions for and foster shared and welcoming communities.Learn More
We are going back to where we started—the University of Missouri campus—in the beautiful Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. The Bond Life Sciences Center is a unique, non-traditional, state-of-the art building that is the hub of the University of Missouri’s extensive research. The Bond Center is located in the heart of the campus, and close to downtown Columbia, hotels and campus lodging.Learn More
Float the Mighty MO
Paddle downstream on the Missouri River and learn how the "Big Muddy" has impacted the people and communities across the river basin. Brief stops will allow participants to observe the Manitou Bluffs, wetlands, and local wildlife. No previous experience needed; life jackets and safety equipment provided and demonstrated.
White Oak Tour
Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskey’s begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. Join University of Missouri Forester Hank Stelzer on a visit to nearby town of Higbee to see how cooper artisans at The Oak Cooperage craft some of the 1.5 million barrels that roll out of Missouri.
Making Gems from Rubble: The Missouri State Penitentiary Museum
Take a short bus ride to nearby Jefferson City and tour the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum, one of Missouri's most unusual tourism sites. After the tour, we’ll cool off at nearby Prison Brews while storyteller Larry Brown share how new understandings of the familiar can enhance local culture. Note that this is a walking tour on ground that is sometimes uneven, there are a few short stairs involved, and the museum buildings are not air conditioned.
CoMo’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Columbia's vibrant and growing entrepreneurial community didn't happen by chance. This workshop will tour the Missouri Innovation Center and other resource centers, meet with local influencers and entrepreneurs, including one that's now a Fortune 500 company.
Full Circle Food System Tour
Learn about the urban agriculture park under construction in Columbia, and tour its new market pavilion. Visit a thriving school learning garden and hear how they went from a small after-school program to an integral part of each school day. Meet and share lunch with a farmer tapping into the meal kit trend.
Connecting Communities with Trails
Columbia's trail system is integral to its community identity -- hop on one of our rented bikes and learn about the role and importance of the trails, how they are connecting neighborhoods and increasing access for vulnerable populations, including hearing from residents themselves. Bicycles are provided.
Building Community Through Art
This workshop explores how community arts are growing the local economy, connecting people across cultures, and helping to heal deep wounds. One highlight will be the Ragtag Theater, where you'll learn about the True/False Film Festival, one of the world's top documentary film festivals.
The Growing Role of Faith-Based Community Development
Faith-based community development brings together people around shared values, working together for change. This workshop will focus on some of the less-traditional roles being undertaken by Columbia's faith community.
Columbia is a small Midwestern city with much to see and do including an eclectic mixture of outdoor adventures and urban living.
Discover the District
The District is an 11 by 5 block area of downtown Columbia adjacent to the University of Missouri. It includes an eclectic mix of entertainment, hotels, services, restaurants shopping and more.
North Village Arts District
North Village Arts District is located on the northern edge of downtown Columbia and is home to art and dance studios, galleries, and a mix of shops and restaurants. If you stay at Broadway Columbia, the North Village Arts District will be in your backyard!
Shelter Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden located just a few minutes drive west of downtown Columbia on the campus of Shelter Insurance.
Stephens Lake Park
Located just a few blocks east of downtown Columbia, Stephens Lake Park is a nice place to get away for a few minutes to enjoy a walk or jog around the park, do a little fishing or simply rest and enjoy the scenery.
Rock Bridge State Park
Rock Bridge State Park is a beautiful place to visit if you have a morning or afternoon free. It is just a few miles south of downtown Columbia that has hiking, biking and riding trails that can connect you to the beauty of central Missouri.
The Katy Trail is 475-mile bike trail that runs east and west across central Missouri. Columbia, Missouri is not directly on the Katy Trail but it can be accessed from downtown. It is a nice ride from Columbia to Rocheport, MO and/or the A-Frame. It’s not a short trip but it can be fun to bike to Rocheport, meet friends for a glass of wine at the A-frame and have them give you (and your bikes) a lift back in to Columbia!
The A-Frame and Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Les Bourgeois vineyards is located about 15 minutes west of Columbia on Interstate 70 on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and just minutes away from historic downtown Rocheport, MO. The A-Frame is rustic outdoor destination that is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Missouri wine and take in the beautiful scenery overlooking the Missouri River.
Rocheport is a beautiful small town of fewer that 200 people located on the banks of the Missouri River about 15 miles west of Columbia. It has a number of historic properties and access to the Katy Trail.
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.
DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH DEC. 16, 2019
The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for presentations and posters from researchers, practitioners, and others involved in community work for the Community Development Society 2020 Annual International Conference, July 12-15, 2020 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
The conference will explore how community developers, organizers, and leaders pursue local resilience in light of global challenges, and how local actions contribute to global resilience in the face of climate change, refugee migration, workforce and trade disruption, and other challenges.
Proposals related to the conference theme, “Global Challenges, Local Resilience” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration. Each 60-minute breakout session will include 1-3 accepted presentations. We will contact you regarding how your proposal might fit into these sessions and the overall conference program.
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. Submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop.
The deadline for proposal submissions is December 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. No late abstracts will be accepted.
You may submit more than one proposal.
All accepted presenters must complete their paid conference registration by Friday, June 12, 2020. Please note, presenters do not receive free registration.
If you are not a member of CDS at the time of your conference registration, please register at the non-member level fee (includes a one-year membership to CDS).
The conference agenda will be finalized by July 1, 2020.
The following types of proposals will be considered:
PRESENTATIONS: (Maximum 750-word abstract, does not include references or title page)
Format: we invite proposals that reflect a variety of delivery formats, including but not limited to round tables, panels, fishbowls, storytelling, interactive workshops, and lightning talks.
Research Presentations include, but are not limited to, empirical research, action or participatory research, research panels and theoretical/philosophical perspectives, discussions or debates.
Educator/Practitioner Presentations include but are not limited to innovative ideas and practices, programmatic successes and reflections, panels, and topical discussions.
Scholarly Practice Presentations include some elements of both the research and educator/practitioner presentations described above.
Emerging Practice and Research Presentations include but are not limited to research that is in progress, new community or educational programs, and discussions of thought-provoking research projects or emerging trends in practice.
POSTERS: (Maximum 500-word abstract, does not include references or title page)
Research Posters include, but are not limited to empirical research, action or participatory research, and theoretical/philosophical perspectives.
Educator/Practitioner Posters include but are not limited to innovative ideas and practices, programmatic successes and reflections.
Scholarly Practice Posters include some elements of both the research and educator/practitioner presentations described above.
Any submissions exceeding specified word count will automatically be rejected.
All proposals will be peer reviewed. Submit your proposal as a .docx or .pdf file using the guidelines and the link below. While the submission form will ask for name and contact information, please do not include your name or affiliation on the proposal document. Proposals must be blind, and the blind proposal will be sent to 2-3 reviewers. Notification will be sent via email for international proposals by February 3, 2020 and for U.S. proposals by March 2, 2020.
Proposals will be submitted via Google Forms. Author/Presenter information will be collected in a form field separate from the proposal file upload.
TITLE PAGE: List the title of your abstract; the title should match the title submitted in the Google Form.
DO NOT include the name(s) and institutions/organizations of each author or other identifiable information.
DO include up to five keywords that describe your abstract.
ABSTRACT PAGE: The abstract should accurately communicate how your proposal relates to community development and the conference theme “Global Challenges, Local Resilience.”
Abstracts for presentations must be no more than 750 words.
Abstracts for posters must be no more than 500 words.
Word count does not include references or title page.
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:
Principles of Good Practice
As a part of the CDS beliefs, the organization follows the core Principles of Good Practice:
CDS Board Meeting, 102 Whitten Hall
CDS Board Dinner, Offsite
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Buses shuttle between hotels and Bond Life Sciences Center
9 to 10 a.m.
Registration for all day pre-conference workshops, Bond Life Sciences Center
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-conference workshops, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
12:30 to 7 p.m.
Registration & auction items acceptance, Bond Life Sciences Center
1 to 4 p.m.
Pre-conference workshops, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Welcome for International Guests by International Committee, Bond Life Sciences Center
6 to 8 p.m.
Opening Reception and Kick Off of 50th Anniversary Celebration, Bond Life Sciences Center, Atrium
7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Registration & auction items acceptance, Exhibits, Bond Life Sciences Center
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Buses shuttle from hotels to Bond Life Sciences Center
8 to 9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, New member orientation, Exhibits open, Bond Life Sciences Center
9 to 11:45 a.m.
Conference Opening and Plenary, Past & Present Practical Wisdom: Breaking the Rules to Build and Restore Community (interactive session with breakout discussions led by team of CDS members), Bond Life Sciences Center
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 pm.
Box lunch for all
12:15 to 5 p.m.
Mobile Workshops depart from Bond Life Sciences Center
5 to 8 p.m. Dinner on your own, Downtown Columbia
8 to 9:30 p.m.
CDS Ice Cream Social, Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr Street, downtown
9 to 9:45 p.m.
Shuttle service to Hampton Inn and campus lodging
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration, Posters and Exhibits, Bond Life Sciences Center
7:30 to 9 a.m.Buses shuttle from hotels to Bond Life Sciences Center
8 to 9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Bond Life Sciences Center, Hang posters, Exhibits open
9 to 10 a.m.
Plenary Session: Tawanna Black, Center for Economic Inclusion, St. Paul, MN, Bond Life Sciences Center
10 to 10:30 a.m.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Break Out Session #1, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch, President’s Remarks and CDS Business Meeting, Bond Life Sciences Center
1:10 to 2:10 p.m.
Breakout Session #2, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
2:20 to 3:20 p.m.
Breakout Session #3, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Posters, Persistence and Possibilities, Bond Life Sciences Center ▪ Soap Box, Speakers’ Circle ▪ Happy 50th! What does the Community Development Society mean to you? ▪ CDS Vision Wall ▪ CDS Timeline Wall ▪ Posters
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Free time to prepare for evening events, shuttles run until 6:30
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Reception & Silent Auction, Bond Life Sciences Center
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
50th Anniversary Celebration, Awards Dinner & Live Auction, Bond Life Sciences Center
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Shuttles run to hotels
Registration, Bond Life Sciences Center
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Buses shuttle from hotels to Bond Life Sciences Center
8 to 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Bond Life Sciences Center
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Break Out Session #4, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
9:40 to 10:40 a.m.
Break Out Session #5, Bond Life Sciences Center & adjacent classrooms
10:50 to 11:50 a.m.
Launch into the Future for CDS—Chet Sisk, futurist, author and founder of Universal Basic Resources, Denver, CO, Bond Life Sciences Center
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Closing Lunch, Invitation to 2020, & Farewell Circle, Bond Life Sciences Center
1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Buses shuttle from Bond Life Sciences Center to hotels
Register by June 10 to take advantage of the early-bird rates.
No registrations for pre-conference workshops or mobile learning workshops can be guaranteed after June 10.