Do you have a great idea about how to make positive change in your community? In Activate, you campaign for an issue of your choice. Manage your resources well and grow your organization from a few friends to a national movement! Engage the community and elected leaders to raise awareness and support for your cause. Good luck!
Community development is often linked with community work or community planning, and may involve stakeholders, foundations, governments, or contracted entities including non-government organisations (NGOs), universities or government agencies to progress the social well-being of local, regional and, sometimes, national communities. More grassroots efforts, called community building or community organizing, seek to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities. These skills often assist in building political power through the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda. Community development practitioners must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities' positions within the context of larger social institutions. Public administrators, in contrast, need to understand community development in the context of rural and urban development, housing and economic development, and community, organizational and business development.
Practice corporeal politics. Power wants your body to soften in your chair and your emotions to dissipate on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people.
Make new friends and march with them.
(Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century)
Leave your home, go to your friends and community’s, and activate yourself!