CTCivic.net — “a people’s think tank” is a new Connecticut place-based initiative created by Knowledge Designs to Change to provide a network infrastructure that encourages knowledge construction across equity and change movement efforts across the state. Results of the first landscape scan survey will be released in 2020.
CAFC – Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s Collective Action Against Racism & Inequality (CAARI) is an initiative created with direct input and feedback from CAFC members, to respond collectively and meaningfully to racism, racial violence, and the ramifications of bias in our individual and organizational lives. Knowledge Designs to Change is supporting CAARI through evaluation that captures participant input and experience as both feedback for the facilitation team and also as community of practice learning.
SEED — Sowing Equity and Engagement by Design is a civic engagement and placemaking effort led by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut along with a growing network of government, nonprofit and philanthropic partners. It is exciting that SEED recognized the benefit of knowledge work right from the start. Knowledge Designs to Change is working with SEED to develop and implement a robust knowledge integrated strategy that is grounded in values of equitable systems change through learning networks. Project description to be released soon.
CEIO — Co-creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations and Organizers is a New Haven based network learning initiative that focuses on whole systems change within and across community serving organizations. CEIO approached Knowledge Designs to Change to co-design a documentation and impact process for the implementation phase of their initiative. After a dedicated Knowledge Opportunity Scan, I facilitated a year long collaborative inquiry process with a group of CEIO core team partners and change agents from partner community serving organizations and organizers. The report is scheduled for release early in 2020.
FWG — The Fund for Women & Girls of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation engaged Knowledge Design to Change to conduct their first Landscape Analysis to expand their research to include experience and understandings of community members and providers across the region. The report takes a knowledge network perspective and includes a strategy development framework that acknowledges the varying supports needed by girls and women across their lifecycle.
CPEN — Community Placemaking and Engagement Network. Knowledge Designs to Change has entered into partnership with CPEN, a grassroots-led collaboration that activates change within the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. CPEN was formed by Doreen Abubakar to work with residents and leaders to gain access, resources, and community building skills. KD2Change is partnering to identify and develop knowledge tools and capacity that can contribute to this community leadership and change strategy.
PARENTII — Parent Inquiry Initiative. Building on a multi-year relationship, Knowledge Designs to Change has become a participant in a learning agreement between Dr. Paige Bray and the University of Hartford’s Parent Inquiry Initiative, Parentii, and the Kettering Foundation. Parentii is a collaborative inquiry project that seeks to learn about and develop parent leadership, voice, and agency to influence community change that benefits children and families in Connecticut. This exciting partnership continues to deepen my understanding and practice of knowledge construction in civic networks for change.