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Tag: Public Discourse

Blame and Forgiveness

It is striking to me that in all the tension and cacophony we are experiencing here in New York City and around the country – from the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the police involved in the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and so many other...more

Building Movement Detroit Video: “People’s Atlas” Convening

As part of Building Movement Detroit's Uniting Detroiters project, the BMP Detroit team is building a "People's Atlas"- an interactive set of resources that will serve as a multimedia illustration of the progressive movement in the city. On August 10th of this year, community residents and project participants came together to discuss citizens' right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit. The discussion of these ideas was framed by a series of existing and participant-created maps of the city, giving participants the opportunity to think about space and place differently. Check out this video, put together by the planning team, to see the results!more

New Resource: BuildingMovementDetroit.org!

Our partners in Detroit have recently launched an exciting new resource for the progressive movement in the city- BuildingMovementDetroit.org. this new web portal seeks not only to capture all of the great work that the BMP Detroit team is doing, but also serves as a communal landing page for other organizations and activists who are working to build a movement for social change in Detroit.more

Uniting Detroiters Convening

Please join the BMP Detroit team for the second Uniting Detroiters Convening on August 10, 2012, at the Solanus Casey Center (1780 Mount Elliot Street) from 10am to 3pm to discuss our right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit.more

Really Talking About Taxes

Can we shed a positive light on Tax Day? Yes, says project team member Kim Klein in her most recent blog post from Kim Klein and the Commons. She argues that we should use Tax Day as an opportunity to discuss all the great things that our tax dollars pay for, as well as the common good they serve to protect. She highlights the work of many other organizations who are working towards highlighting the positive aspects of taxes, and discusses how the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to play a role in this conversation.

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Calling all EDs and Senior Staff of service organizations doing social change work!

On Wednesday, May 18th the Building Movement Project will be hosting the next in our ongoing series of social service and social change “cohort calls.” This month’s conference call will provide a space for learning amongst EDs and senior staff of organizations that are integrating civic engagement activities into their service organizations. The conversation will be kicked off by two current EDs who will share their direct experiences engaging board members, staff and various community stakeholders in social change work while staying true to their central role as service providers. There will be significant space on the call for others to share their experiences and ask questions of the group.more

Building Movement Project in Detroit

While the Building Movement Project is a nationally-focused organization, we’ve always had a very special relationship with Detroit. Linda Campbell - long time Detroit resident and member of the Building Movement Project Team since its founding 10 years ago – has deep connections throughout this city and has always encouraged us to look to Detroit as a place where some of the best ideas for community-led social change are developed and implemented.

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Missed our call for organizers in social service organizations?  Here’s the low down.

Recently the Building Movement Project hosted the first of an ongoing series of "cohort calls" focused on the different roles/activities of service providers in social change work. The first call focused on the experience of organizers, advocates, and directors of civic engagement work within a service context. 25 participants joined the call with three guest speakers (organizers Maria Zavala and Amina Saleg from the Family Partnership in Minnesapolis, MN and Anna Dioguardi from Queens Community House in Queens, NY) to build connections and share information about strategies and challenges inherent in this work.more

Materials available from BMP presentations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Day

Download materials from presentations by BMP Director Frances Kunreuther and Project Team member Kim Klein.more

BMP’s Kim Klein wins the McAdam Book Award!

Kim Klein, a member of BMP's Project Team, won the Terry McAdam Book Award at last week's Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference. Her book, Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, was honored as the most valuable nonprofit management book published in the last year.more

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