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Women's Business Development Council: EQUITY MATCH GRANT PROGRAM

The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut

The Equity Match Grant…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 19, 2022 at 10:47am — No Comments

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 19, 2022 at 10:42am — No Comments

How to Use Strategic Confusion for Deeper Learning

For the last three weeks, I have been planning out this semester’s courses. I am teaching eight courses ranging from fully in-person to fully virtual but synchronous (using Zoom) to fully asynchronous and online with a combined hybrid approach mixed in. My goal is...

https://spencerauthor.com/strategic-confusion/

Added by Lee Cruz on November 18, 2021 at 10:45am — No Comments

What Does a Community-Based Approach to Chronic Homelessness Look Like?

I’m in my hometown of Austin, Texas, riding in a golf cart with Alan Graham. He’s CEO and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and he’s giving me a tour of this 51-acre master-planned community. It’s called Community First!

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 8, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

From NPQ - The Sensemaking Organization: Designing for Complexity

Much has been made recently about how our “narratives” about the way the world works create and reinforce the form and outcomes of social structures. Our civil society organizations are not immune from this dynamic. Nonprofits and movement groups are created and recreated by…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 1, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

From NPQ - MANAGEMENT Structuring for Sensemaking: The Power of Small Segments

In traditional organizations structure is defined as the lines of authority, or decision-making, and communications. The core function of these structures is management of resources towards stated goals. However, in sensemaking organizations, those that cannot rely on…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 1, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

From NPQ - The Sensemaking Mindset: Improvisation over Strategy

A core idea in the sensemaking approach to organizational change is that the sensemaking process is kicked off by action. To expand on this, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 1, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

From NPQ - The Sensemaking Worker: Organizing for Learning

The experience of the individual in the work setting is not generally an area of focus in academic research or the workplace. Work narratives are from the viewpoint of the work that must get done through individuals, not from how the individual develops through the work, or…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 1, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

NPR: A North Carolina Principal Rethinks The Classroom And Brings Students Outdoors

Last year's COVID-19 lockdown disrupted the idea of school as we know it and it forced educators to think outside of the box. For one elementary school principal in North Carolina, thinking outside of the box had him heading outside — literally...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 29, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How to Fund Place-Based Partnerships, if We Want Them to Work

During the early days of COVID in March 2020, members of Rocky Mountain Partnership, a place-based partnership dedicated to driving economic and social mobility for its community members, flexed their collaboration muscles to coordinate a response to quickly evolving community needs in the Denver area. Long-standing relationships and shared systems meant they could quickly coordinate everything from food delivery to childcare for essential workers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if children and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 27, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change

Climate change’s negative effects are coming to bear on high-priority philanthropic issues. More and better funding can protect vulnerable stakeholders and speed the net-zero transition.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 21, 2021 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Why Building Community Is So Important?

Building communities is a crucial process that fosters connections amongst people and creates infrastructures for these connections to happen...

https://fairforceberlin.medium.com/why-building-community-is-so-important-6f1a3953c1d7

Added by Lee Cruz on October 11, 2021 at 11:35am — No Comments

A Tangled Web: The Problem with Fragmented Housing Assistance

If you couldn’t afford your rent, where would you go for help? In most American communities, that simple question has no obvious answer. Federal, state, and local rent assistance is provided by multiple nonprofits and government agencies in each municipality, each with its own eligibility rules and ways to apply. The messy housing assistance system in the U.S. is one of the main reasons COVID-related rent assistance has been extremely slow to be spent. A full overhaul is needed to…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 11, 2021 at 11:24am — No Comments

Connecticut Hospitals Seeing Surge In Behavioral Health Cases Among Children

Rising at a startling rate, hospitals around the state are seeing a rapid increase in children needing behavioral health treatment. Depression and anxiety have become prevalent. It’s become a concern for families and hospitals alike...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 7, 2021 at 9:28am — No Comments

Three Upcoming Urban Forestry Grant Opportunities

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) is pleased to announce three upcoming urban forestry grant opportunities. Award amounts, types of projects funded, and deadlines vary; see Urban Forestry Grant Opportunities (ct.gov) for a full overview.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 17, 2021 at 4:46pm — No Comments

The Rise of the UniverCity

As they come to resemble corporations, universities increasingly wield the kind of power and influence that were hallmarks of ruthless employers in isolated company towns. Historian Davarian Baldwin calls this ominous trend the “rise of the UniverCity.”

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/09/university-cities-urban-development-gentrification

Added by Lee Cruz on September 15, 2021 at 10:57am — No Comments

What is gentrification? It’s not the problem you might think it is. - Vox

The worst problems are in the neighborhoods that aren’t gentrifying.

“Was anyone really asking for a gentrified Gone Girl?” reads a one-line, half-star review of Promising Young Woman.

“Graphic Novels Are Comic Books, But Gentrified” one …

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 15, 2021 at 10:55am — No Comments

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Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

NFL Foundation-LISC Grassroots Program Awards $6M for Community Football Fields

Since 1998, the NFL Foundation-LISC Grassroots Field Grant Program has been helping communities create and refurbish football fields in places that lack access to safe, well-maintained play spaces—416 fields thus far. This year’s $6M grant, the highest in a single season, will renovate or create new fields in 30 U.S. cities, bringing the total commitment to $58 million.

National Equity Fund Announces Record $2.2 Billion Investment in Affordable Housing for 2021

What a way to celebrate a birthday: National Equity Fund (NEF), LISC’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndication subsidiary, turns 35 this month, just as they announce a record-breaking $2.2 billion in affordable housing investments for 2021.That includes $1.23 billion in LIHTC investments and $930 million in preservation loans to improve existing homes—all adding up to nearly 13,600 new and refurbished units. And that in the midst of a pandemic.

Investing in Quality Education

This January marks UNESCO’s fourth International Day of Education and creates an opportunity to celebrate progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. “Quality Education” enables upward economic mobility, reduces inequalities and is a key to fostering tolerance and more peaceful societies. Promoting educational opportunity is at the foundation of the work LISC does in neighborhoods across the country.

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