Boston goes to Chicago: Getting It Done II

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March 5-6, 2012

Nearly 20 Bostonians joined more than 800 community development professionals from 80 cities in Chicago at Getting It Done II: Strong Communities in a Changing World.  The conference, sponsored by LISC and the Insititute for Comprehensive Community Development, offered workshops designed to address challenges and commend best practices in the many sectors of the field from Implementing and Organizing to Going Global and Evaluating. 

Attendees participated in dozens of round tables the second day, where practitioners discussed such topics as Small Business Finance, Engaging Law Enforcement in Community Safety, and Green Neighborhood Development.

Boston LISC proudly sponsored the attendance of Resilient Communities/Resilient Families staff, local steering committee members, and active neighborhood residents, who found it helpful in developing their plans.  "We had a lot to take home," raved Jenna Tourje, lead organizer for Millennium Ten of Codman Square/Four Corners in Dorchester, "the residents really took to specific topics like public safety, but we were also encouraged to look at long-term outcomes and evaluation of our big-picture plans."  Representatives from Mission 180 (Roxbury) and Mattapan United also participated.  There was great consensus that hearing about the challenges and successes in other cities was encouraging.  "We're not the first to do this, and no process is perfect."  The RC/RF groups are now in the action group planning phases of their Building Sustainable Communities process.


Read the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development's articles covering the conference here (for day 1) and here (for day 2).

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