The Program's Methodology
Community Capacity Builders Community Leadership Program is underpinned by Education for Sustainability principles. It takes a project based learning approach: while learning about community capacity building, participants take any community issue of their choice through the program and develop a collaborative community capacity building project that addresses their community issue.
The Program's Outcomes
The Program focuses on achieving three outcomes:
- Participants develop a collaborative community capacity building project to address an issue of their choice
- Participants bridge their project to the strategic plans of government, and
- Participants develop skills to participate in multi-stakeholder community visioning and planning processes
The Program's Units
The Program consists of three units:
- Learning About the Community
- Using this Learning to Take Action, and
- Sustaining the Development Achieved
Learning About the Community
In Unit 1 participants learn about their community as they research their community issue.
Participants identity strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are relevant to taking action on their issue and identify community sectors and stakeholders that may be willing to collaborate on addressing the issue that they are exploring.
Using the Learning to Take Action
In Unit 2 participants take action on their community issue.
After examining effective dialogue and deliberation techniques to harness the community’s collective intelligence, participants create a shared vision of the future for their community issue. Objectives or goals, strategies and action plans are created for reaching this future vision. The strategies developed are bridged to the strategic directions of governments.
Sustaining the Development Achieved
In Unit 3 participants sustain the development they have achieved from taking action on their community issue.
Participants identify how they can support other community members to take action, by taking on a community connector role and practicing post-heroic forms of leadership. They develop a social marketing strategy to increase stakeholder participation in future activities and develop an evaluation plan to assist them in learning from their activities and improving their practice.
The Program's Stages
The Community Leadership Program follows eleven stages. These stages are depicted in Community Capacity Builders logo.
Unit 1 (shown in pink in the logo) has three stages:
Unit 2 (represented in blue) consists of five stages:
Unit 3 (represented in mauve) has three stages: