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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

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.

 

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...
City commissioners in Decatur, Ga., launched a major effort to recruit residents to decide how to build a sense of community and to find common ground for solving community conflicts. Since then,...

Community Notes

This section showcases the latest of 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.

 

Text, Talk, Act, is aiming to break this silence, and cultivate a conversation around mental health. In part one, several organizers share their reflections on the state of social awareness around...
Neglected properties, over-occupied homes, and public safety concerns were a few of the issues residents of the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., wanted to address in their new master plan. In...
When you're naming your community change effort, you may have some difficult decisions to make, especially if you're addressing racism. Should you include the word "racism" in the name? Will it turn...
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. In Wagner, S.D., residents...
Everyone wants to live in a place where they have the chance to thrive. Check out some key stories of change from communities addressing poverty and building prosperity, as well as some resources...
“We all want our children to be successful and be healthy, safe and strong.” Find out how one community has incorporated dialogue-to-change in their projects in order to bring businesses, city...

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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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