Community Change

Many groups focus their work on a particular set of outcomes, for example, decreasing infant mortality in a city – knowing that, infant mortality disproportionately affects some racial groups more than others. The work toward building trusting relationships and collective action might be a response to hate crimes, or as part of an effort to organize for political action.

Regardless, groups who do this work share some common lessons. They note that community change work often includes engaging formal and informal leaders who will invest in the process, and serve as messengers and catalysts for change. They also note that part of designing a complex community change effort or supporting an organic community change process involves understanding the community’s history and culture, and the areas where change can be leveraged. They attend to the processes of their work – trying to mirror equity, and identifying ways t [...]

Community Practices and Cases

Concepts and Analysis

Tools and Practices


“All that you touch, You Change.
All that you Change, Changes You.
The only lasting truth is Change.”

~ Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower


From Protest to Power: Why Movements Matter and How They Work – Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Taj James, Jackie Mahendra, Thenjiwe McHarris, Carlos Saavadra, and Tamara Shapiro, Ford Foundation

Also in this section:
  • Individual Transformation

  • Organization Change

  • Leadership for Racial Equity

  • Accountability

  • Networks, Alliances, and Coalitions

  • Movement Building



Black Lives Matter


Institutional Racism

Movement Building


Racial Inequity

Racist Policies


Structural Racism

White Supremacy

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