Engage Connect Innovate

Working with communities...building on strengths

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We are happy you have taken a moment to learn more about us and our work. Community Strengths offers a team of experts with considerable experience and knowledge working with systems, communities, organizations, groups, teams and individuals addressing opportunities for learning, innovation and transformation.

It is an honor to work with people around issues they care deeply about. In our work, we offer ways of engaging diverse strengths and perspectives to build strength-based community responses that meet the needs of people across the lifespan.

We offer consulting services, tools, and resources to help people collaborate to create new possibilities and innovate through action. We walk with partners from conception to implementation, as part of a continuous learning process. We support processes that tap into collective knowledge and expertise and support taking wise action in order to move towards a preferred collective future vision. We help facilitate processes to learn from and translate insights into action and help to tell the story of change.

We offer collaborative approaches that engage participants as partners in an ongoing dialogue to identify and co-construct possibilities and alternatives for their organization or community. We incorporate principles to support a shift from a deficit-based focus to reflective, strengths-based, narrative, and dialogic relational processes.

First, we can take a look how we view the work of generating positive change. A strengths-based view helps us shift from defining people, organizations and communities as problems. In this shift, we can focus on how to better support the creative strengths, resources, and relationships that already exist to help address problems.

Within this shift to a strengths-based view, these strengths, relationships and resources are critical assets for addressing the challenges that people, organizations, systems and communities face.

Much research supports an affirmative capacity in our relationships with others, that when we tune into the positive aspects of another human being, it propels creative action in the construction of reality. In addition, it can help to inquire into the strengths, skills, and abilities in ways that enable people to put them into action through imaging the future with their skills, knowledges and abilities as a foundation.

Second, we can explore relational practices and resources that help us create positive change. These practices provide a context in which to shift our view to create new understandings and to imagine and co-create better worlds together. New understandings and ways of seeing and knowing carry a number of possible actions or responses. In other words, knowledge and social action go together.

Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They challenge you, break you open, uplift you, and expand you. They don’t let you play small with your life. These heart beats are your people. These people are your tribe. Danielle Doby