Communities everywhere face a range of 21st Century challenges: designing sustainable built environments and public spaces, adapting to a changing climate and responding to disasters, building strong and resilient local economies, retaining their unique character in the face of homogenization (and that's not all!).
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Rather than addressing these as individual or disconnected problems, the CommunityMatters Partnership seeks to build “civic infrastructure,” allowing people to solve their own community’s problems in partnership with government, businesses and community-based organizations.
Civic infrastructure enables citizens to connect with each other, solve problems, make decisions and build community in both physical and non-physical ways. By strengthening civic infrastructure, a community can come together to meet whatever challenges it faces and become a more sustainable, vibrant place to live.
To learn more about civic infrastructure and how you can strengthen it in your community, we invite you to visit the links below:
Our Projects and Publications
Civic Infrastructure: On the Ground! (Conference Call)
Civic Infrastructure (Conference Call)
Resources for Promoting Community Power in Decision-Making (Resource Guide)
What is Civic Infrastructure and Why Does It Matter? by Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium
How We Tackled "Civic Infrastructure" at NCDD 2012 by Sandy Heierbacher of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
Americans Envision a Civic Infrastructure for Public Dialogue and Deliberation by Sandy Heierbacher of NCDD
Toward Place Governance: What If We Reinvented Civic Infrastructure Around Placemaking? by Ethan Kent of Project for Public Spaces
Community’s Role in Civic Infrastructure by Alissa Black of the New America Foundation's California Civic Innovation Project
Seven Ways to Increase Community Power in Local Decision-Making by Caitlyn Horose of the Orton Family Foundation
Civic Infrastructure Story Series (by John Backman of NCDD)
Planning for Stronger Local Democracy from the National League of Cities
The New Civic Infrastructure: The “How To” of Collective Impact and Getting a Better Social Return on Investment by Jeff Edmondson and Nancy L. Zimpher
Carolyn Lukensmeyer at the 2012 NCDD Conference
Civic Infrastructure in Gateway Cities by Colleen Dawicki