Top 10 tips and tools for change from 2015

December 11, 2015

Where did all the people go? One reason you're getting a low turnout and 10 things you can do about it

People sitting at a table at a community engagement eventIf you’ve ever organized or attended a community event like a town hall meeting, a meet and greet with your lawmaker or a public forum and were surprised that not many people showed up, you’re not alone. See why you might be encountering this problem, and what you can do about it.



Flyer templates for community change work

Flyer templatesNo design skills? No budget for a graphic designer? No problem! Use these templates to create beautiful flyers for your community change work. No design skills required.




Leadership compass activity

Messaging strategy worksheetTeamwork begins with self-awareness and awareness of other people’s leadership styles. We can’t be good at everything so we need to bring together people with different styles and talents. This worksheet will help you and your team figure out how you can work collaboratively across leadership styles.



7 tips for facilitating discussions on community-police relations

Police officer talking with community members Having conversations about community-police relations can sometimes be uncomfortable. Here are seven tips to help facilitators of conversations about community-police relations to help you have a successful, trust-building dialogue.




The greatest history lessons are those we have yet to learn

The author as a little girl about six years oldI can’t quite remember at what age I realized I wasn’t “white.” Passing as white did not make me immune to the offensive and outright racist comments that inevitably came up. I have begun to realize with a greater sense of clarity that we are writing the history books of our progeny today with our action and our inaction.



How to recruit dialogue participants

Three womenTo have effective community conversations, it’s important to get as many different kinds of people involved as possible. Use these tips to recruit dialogue participants from every part of your community.




Understanding structural racism activity

Understanding structural racism activityThis activity helps participants delve deeper in analyzing racism and start to learn how to use a structural racism lens. Many times, actions are focused on changing the personal beliefs without looking at the practices and procedures that contribute to the issue.




Activity to explore community demographics

Activity to explore community demographicsUse this exercise to help your coalition make a list of the diverse people and groups in your community. This list is helpful for recruitment and communications purposes, to help your efforts be inclusive.




What it takes to create sustainable change

A woman sitting on a couch talking Anyone doing community change work wants to make a lasting impact. It can be difficult to find a way to make dialogue and action integral to the way the community works. We talked to Amy Doom, one of the community facilitators of a long-running program in Wagner, S.D., to find out.

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.