Community Weaving

Community Weaving

For More Information: Community Weaving, www.communityweaving.org

Purpose:
To weave the human and tangible resources of the grass roots with the knowledge and skills of formal systems using Web-based technology.

Outcomes:

  • Builds and bridges social and human capital
  • Maps and measures assets for community development
  • Creates resilient, interdependent social networks
  • Increases protective factors linked to community health and well-being
  • Sparks initiative, innovation, ingenuity
  • Creates microenterprises


When to use:

  • For establishing or strengthening social networks
  • For collaborating among individuals, organizations, and systems
  • For identifying assets and resources


When not to use:

  • There is no openness to outcomes
  • There is no support for individual initiative


Number of Participants:

  • Trainings: 25 maximum
  • Events: Up to 2,500
  • Formal Partners: Unlimited
  • Participants: Infinite


Types of Participants:
Community members, community leaders, organization members, group members, students and parents, employees and managers, staff and clients

Typical Duration:

  • Preparation:
    • Grassroots: None
    • Organizations: 2-4 weeks
    • Community-wide: 4-6 weeks
  • Training: 1–4 days
  • Summit: 1 day
  • Total transition: Ongoing


Brief Example:
One Community Weaver recruited, trained, and mobilized more than 150 Family Advocates and 800 Good Neighbors and established the Family Support Network, a nonprofit based in Bothell, Washington, with 15 agency partners.

Historical Context:
Created in 1993 by Cheryl Honey, C.P.P.