Resources

We provide resources and guidelines to our local groups so they may better serve their local communities. This library is continually growing and evolving so please do keep an eye out for new tools, documents and events.

These 5 types of chapters are meant to strategically grow the capacity of the group. The activities and objectives are gleaned from 12 years of organizing, volunteer management, project and program execution. As we operate in the open you will notice these are working documents, so please do feel free to comment if you have an insight to add.

Chapter Type 1 - Discussion Group

Type 1 is about creating the safe space to challenge the status quo, and to begin learning about the interest of each member.

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Chapter Type 2 - Needs Assessment Team

Type 2 is meant to build the skills to properly assess local needs, learn to make group decisions, and build community organizing capacity.

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Chapter Type 3 - Project Delivery

Type 3 is meant to begin training members on engagement techniques, project management skills and to really begin sustaining long term local relationships with community partners.

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Chapter Type 4 - Program Delivery

Type 4 focuses on partnerships and repeating programming. The objectives include learning how to build metrics of success, sustain long term partnerships, and create meaningful programming for the local communities - both volunteers and community groups.

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Chapter Type 5 - Affiliate/Independent Organization

If you have reached type 5 you have made the decision to become an independent organization. You might have taken on the responsibility of maintaining a new legal entity and wish to take on larger scale local projects. We are learning from you now!

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Definitions of Services Offered

This is a much more in depth description of the possible services chapters offer their local communities.

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Past Webinar - Open Data?! What it is and how can designers use it

Originally broadcast on 5/24/16. There are many resources out there that can help community designers accomplish their goal of reaching more marginalized communities. However, we don’t often learn how to take advantage of all that’s available. In this webinar we will discuss open data, and how designers might be able to use it for our advocacy initiatives and learning the needs of our cities.

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Past Webinar - Defining Your Focus - Assessment Tools

Originally broadcast on 4/5/16. This was a discussion about how to choose an organizational or project focus. We viewed two processes, one from the private sector and another through community asset mapping techniques. This resource was made in partnership with the Association for Community Design.

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Historic Organizational Presentations

You can find all the presentations we have made throughout our transitional year and now as the OAC. We have also made public all of the presentations from past webinars and discussions.

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Additional webinars and videos

Additional webinars and other videos can be found on our youtube resources channel

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