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Stories About Changemakers

Stories illustrate what's possible when people come together to create positive change in their community. We feature stories from a wide range of issues, geographic areas, and demographics. You'll also find stories in a variety of formats including interviews, community profiles, videos, podcasts, and more.

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Stories of Change  |  Community ProfilesCommunity Notes

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Stories of Change

These timeless stories showcase how people have come together to create more equitable, inclusive communities. The wide range of issues and types of communities featured illustrates how dialogue and action can be used in many situations. Building strong communities is an ongoing process, and many of these communities continue to use dialogue and action to address issues they're facing.

 

Addressing diversity issues in your community can be difficult and complex.  Many look to Decatur, Georgia as an example of inclusion, diversity & citizen engagement. This is an community update...
New York City residents are taking action to address concerns about food and health disparities. Four action teams are connecting residents with elected officials and local businesses, educating the...
In Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, students, teachers, and staff have participated in dialogues to help find ways to address racial barriers to student achievement for over a decade....
When racial tensions rose to a tipping point in Stratford, Conn., the city used this as a springboard to improve community-police relations. Now, nearly a decade later, they see many results of their...
After using dialogue to address poverty and build prosperity, residents of the rural town of Wagner, S.D., realized that there was something holding them back from making real progress: they needed...
We all want a better future for our children. What does it look like when residents come together in dialogues to create change? Learn about how a group of residents are creating a healthier, safer...

Community Notes

This section showcases what's happening in communities that use dialogue and action to create change. You'll find a variety of content including podcasts, short stories, interviews, videos, and more.

 

Imagine quitting your job, selling your home and taking your three small children on the road for a year in an RV to visit all 50 states in our nation, with the goal of understanding our current...
The YWCA of New Castle County, which later became YWCA Delaware, embraced the study circle process, starting with a small grant from DuPont and involving many other organizations, including...
Central New York’s Interfaith Works’ El Hindi Center for Dialogue continually confronts “hot topics” in the community head on, with thoughtful, facilitated listening and sharing sessions that gather...
In my work with communities, I always make it a priority to ensure that young people have a meaningful seat at the table.
What better way to spend the day, Saturday, December 2nd  than with a broad diversity of people from across Connecticut who want to make our towns, cities and state even greater places to live – who...
In West Palm Beach, officers regularly have the opportunity to take part in dialogues with youth and community residents, utilizing Everyday Democracy’s Dialogue to Change process and discussion...

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Printable Handouts

Many of our stories also include a printable handout to make it easy for you to share these stories at community meetings, with your board, at conferences, with funders, and more. Just scroll down on any story in this section to find a PDF version available to download and print.

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