Webinar Recap: How Social Change Happens, the View from Detroit


Written by Noelia Mann

On Feb. 26, the Building Movement Project (BMP) hosted a webinar designed to help listeners explore how service providers and organizing groups work together to shift power.

During the 60-minute webinar, we heard from partners working in the context of a food pantry in Detroit about how they challenge narratives about individual shortcomings, turning the focus back on systemic barriers. Reverend Roslyn Bouier, Managing Director of the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry, and Kea Mathis, Family Engagement Organizer with the Detroit People’s Platform explained how their partnership helps connect the dots between food insecurity and public policies that undermine families and put them further at risk while building community leadership to shift power.

In case you missed the webinar, we’ve made it easy to watch a recording and download a PDF of the slides.

Below, please find the resources mentioned on (or related to) the webinar:

  1. Service and Social Change: A Process Guide
  2. Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide
  3. The Tools to Engage website
  4. The Tools to Engage webinar series
  5. 501c Lobbying Guidelines
  6. Sources of Power
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