Detroit People’s Platform Calls on Public Health Officer to Take Action Against Water Shutoffs

Written by People’s Platform Water shutoffs in Detroit have been garnering media attention (this oped and this article). The People’s Platform, which Building Movement Project has been helping to coordinate this past year, put out the letter below to call for an end to water shutoffs. Vernice Anthony, DirectorDetroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion Dear Ms. Anthony, […]

Detroit People’s Platform, A Year Later

Written by Aaron Handelsman What does it mean when even after a last-minute venue change over 100 overworked community activists across seven city council districts turn out to an event committed to bringing about social change? I think it means a movement is building. Tuesday, June 12th marked the second annual meeting of the Detroit People’s Platform (PP). The […]

Announcing New Partnership with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The Building Movement Project and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management are excited to announce that we are joining forces to create the “Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement” project. NICE will work with organizational development experts, consultants and nonprofit staff to help service groups focus on client and community engagement as part of their everyday […]

Detroit: Not as “Abandoned” as it Seems

Written by Caitlin Endyke There are two opposing narratives about the estimated 78,000 buildings that stand vacant and abandoned in Detroit.  On one hand, the “ruins” stand as captivating relics from a better time – inspiring “ruin porn” tourism and documentaries.  On another hand, the urban blight serves as a visual example of how far Detroit has […]

Scaling and Ecology

Written by Frances Kunreuther Every couple of years, new phrases suddenly permeate the air. In the nonprofit sector right now there is “scale”, “collective impact”, “network”, “movement”, “evidence-based”, “transformation” and of course ”innovation.” These terms can be deeply meaningful or they can be maddeningly empty depending on the circumstances. But how they are adopted (and […]

Shifting Strategies to Advance Community Level Impact

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld When service agencies embrace broader social change and community-level work, it requires a shift in organizational strategy. By strategy, I mean both the motivating vision for the impact the organization will have in the world and also the practices, tactics and choices around staffing that will make the vision a reality. Our […]

Obamacare: The Potential in Service to Social Change

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This past week, the Building Movement Project Team had the privilege to hear from several leaders in Los Angeles about how the implementation of Obamacare is being leveraged by forward-looking organizations as an opportunity for movement building. We met at one of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center’s many clinics in South Los Angeles. […]

Breakfast in Detroit

Written by Caitlin EndykeSean Thomas-Breitfeld This piece originally appeared in Transformation, a new online publication from Michael Edwards and openDemocracy. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Detroit?” Government bailouts for the auto industry, perhaps? A ruined city that has largely been abandoned? Or maybe the “cheap suits” from Chevrolet who shot Kenny […]

Detroit People’s Platform and Convention held at Marygrove College

Written by guest Patrick Geans is a reporter for the Michigan Citizen, a weekly local publication that focuses on economic and social development throughout Michigan’s urban communities.  This piece was written following the successful People’s Platform and Convention event, held on June 1st. Over 200 Detroit residents, community leaders and activists gathered for the Detroit Peoples Platform […]

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