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About the C3 Resource Library

We know that there are a lot of great resources out there, often too many to look through! That is why we have specially curated C3’s Resource Library to focus on bringing together online resources and tools that help to exemplify and demonstrate the Connected Community Approach (CCA). Our aim is to support you in building a better understanding of CCA and for you to be able to browse through the resources to find tools that will help use CCA in your work and context.


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Updating the Nonprofit Work Ethic

Date: January 14th 2021

Author:

Beth Kanter and Alize Sherman for Stanford Social Innovation Review

Description:

Building Connected Communities from the Inside Out requires an intentional look at how organizational culture impacts the wellbeing of its staff. This ar...

Tags: Organizational Culture, Create Connected Communities from the Inside Out, Light, Article

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Guide to Appreciative Inquiry

Date: January 7th 2021

Author:

FSG Consulting

Description:

A critical understanding of context and what people are passionate about and working towards is fundamental to successful community building. This in depth tool outlines a process to surface the strengths of a community and the context in which those s...

Tags: Complexity, Emergence, Build on Everyone's Strengths, Learn Together, Medium, Handout / Tool, Fostering Grassroots Leadership, Resilience, Urban Planning

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Guide to Trend Mapping

Date: January 7th 2021

Author:

FSG Consulting

Description:

All community building happens in the context of evolving and changing systems. Understanding the systems and how they affect your work can be critical in developing successful strategies. This tool helps groups identify systems, trends and patterns an...

Tags: Emergence, Resilience, Facilitate Collaborative Processes, Work at Multiple Scales, Medium, Handout / Tool, Climate Action, Poverty Reduction, Workforce Development

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An introduction to Elinor Ostrom

Date: January 7th 2021

Author:

Dr Simon Kaye - New Local

Description:

The Connected Community Approach is predicated on the idea of local: planning and action at the community level. This video introduces Elinor Ostrom and her compelling arguments for local democracies, economies and decision making.     <...

Tags: Place Making, Resilience, Prioritize Equity and Power Sharing, Work at Multiple Scales, Medium, Article, Video, Poverty Reduction, Resilience, Urban Planning

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Allegories on Race and Racism

Date: January 7th 2021

Author:

Camara Jones

Description:

Allegory* is a powerful tool to understand complex social issues. In this Ted Talk, Camara Jones uses allegory* to help deconstruct systemic racism, understand how it saps the strength of our communities and how we can take up the call to action to cha...

Tags: Equity, Resilience, Prioritize Equity and Power Sharing, Work at Multiple Scales, Medium, Video

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Building Trust in Community Collaborations

Date: February 28th 2019

Author: Centre for Connected Communities Staff

Description: Trust is about relationships. The process of building strong, open, and trusting relationships should be an outcome of a connected community initiative, as an important foundation to achieving other deliverables and outputs. A community backbone organiza...

Tags: Emergence, Make Community Building Visual, Embrace the Messiness, Light, Article

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The Connected Community Approach: A Theoretical Framework

Date: February 28th 2019

Author: Anne Gloger, Ewa Cerda Llanos, James Iveniuk and Ewa Modlinska

Description:

The Connected Community Approach was created using insights from a variety of theories and practices including Asset Based Community development, Collective Impact, Systems and Complexity theories. This article describes the ways in which CCA takes the...

Tags: Complexity, Collaboration, Learn Together, Heavy, Article

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A Community Backbone Organization's Theory of Change

Date: February 20th 2019

Author:

Centre for Connected Communities

Description:

This document demonstrates how a community backbone organization adds value to place based interventions and initiatives by strengthening social fabric.

"In the Connected Community Approach (CCA), a community backbone organization (aka a...

Tags: Resilience, Complexity, Make Community Building Visual, Build Creative Infrastructure, Medium, Article, Report

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Shared Platform Guidebook

Date: February 6th 2019

Author: Ontario Nonprofit Network

Description: Some of the best community building originates with an informal network of people. Eventually, questions of governance will be raised. As an informal group, it is difficult to raise funds and hire staff, yet creating an incorporated entity, policies and f...

Tags: Build Creative Infrastructure, Heavy, Report

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Shared Platform Infographic

Date: February 28th 2019

Author: Alexis Eastman

Description: Shared platforms are innovative governance models that can support community building. This infographic provides a visual summary of what a shared platform is and how it works.

Tags: Organizational Culture, Collaboration, Build Creative Infrastructure, Light, Handout / Tool, Image

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