Top 5 tips and tools for change from 2014

January 2, 2015

7 key lessons for addressing racism through dialogue and community change

Two people standing next to each other smilingWhat does it take to create community change and improve democracy? Early on, we decided to address the issue of racism head-on as we worked with and learned from community groups. Twenty-five years after we began this journey we are still learning, but at this milestone we want to highlight some key lessons from along the way.



Action road map planning tool

Action road map planning toolThis Action Road Map will help communities walk through the steps they need to take to carry out a plan for action. Using this worksheet, you will think about the people, places, and things in your community that can help you reach your goals.




6 traps that will prevent you from making real change

Graphic of person trapped standing in the middle of ringsWhen you're in the early stages of planning dialogues, it can be easy to get stuck and not know what's stalling your progress. Here are six common traps that can prevent you from making real change, and ways to avoid them.



Messaging strategy worksheet

Messaging strategy worksheetIf you have a message that you want to spread to members in your community, you'll be more effective and reach more people if you have a clear strategy. Use this worksheet to help guide your team in creating a messaging strategy.




Strategies to take action and build trust between community and police

People sitting in a group talking In the wake of recent events in Ferguson and New York City, there has been a call for a new way of building relationships with the police. Here are some strategies you can use to create positive change in community-police relations where you live.

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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.