Key Themes from Catalysts for Change

In 2009, with the support of The California Endowment, the Building Movement Project launched an initiative to explore whether California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond direct services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents.  Often focused on fixing individual problems, nonprofit services have been critiqued as an industry […]

News from the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce

The Detroit Food Justice Task Force is a group of Black and People of Color led organizations and supporters that share a commitment to creating a food security plan for Detroit that is sustainable; that provides healthy, affordable foods for all of the city’s people; that is based on best-practices and programs that work; and […]

Stories from the Field: Building Solidarity Across Silos

Two months ago we launched our Stories from the Field series with a case study about developing board readiness for advocacy.  This month’s submission takes us to the state of Illinois where a newly formed state-wide coalition is working together in unprecedented ways. Taking on new contracting regulations from the state, Illinois Partners for Human Service, took […]

Stories from the Field: Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy

If you’re familiar with our reports such as Making Social Change: Case Studies of Nonprofit Service Providers, you know that we here at the Building Movement Project love a good story – especially ones about how service providers are leveraging their relationships with constituents to make important systemic changes in their community.  Usually we’re the ones […]

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 […]

Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

BMP partner Neighborhood Centers, in partnership with the Berkana Institute, have combined a how-to guide on the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a method of engaging community with other materials in a boxed kit called Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities.  The guide includes: * 12 Key Principles DVD – A presentation by Margaret Wheatley on […]

Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Join Demos, the Building Movement Project, and Common Cause/NY for a special forum on April 8 in New York with author and activist Paul Loeb on the new version of his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times. The book has become a classic handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and […]

Kim Klein and the Commons: Reflecting on Haiti

Written by Kim Klein For obvious reasons, the celebration and glee of Carnival was suspended in Haiti this year. It’s as if the Lenten somberness of tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday started when the earthquake took such an unbelievable toll on Haiti. Just as religious reflection can lead people to a more commons-centered orientation, we saw people […]

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