Creating the Change We Want
How to Create Positive Change in Our Community
CDF is proud to launch the most recent video that demonstrates the passion, energy and effort of residents who get together to bring about positive change in their neighbourhoods and actively participate in decision-making that affects their lives.
CDF extends a warm thank you to Youth Active Media for creating a video that captures the essence of what Creating the Change We Want is all about.
Creating the Change We Want Team (2017)
Creating the Change We Want Guidebook and How To Use It
The Creating the Change We Want (CCWW) guide (see below for links for electronic and downloadable copies) helps neighbourhood residents build skills and confidence to work on making positive changes together. The guide contains workshops and exercises that get neighbours talking and working together on issues where they live. The kinds of skills that the guide can help develop include engaging other residents, building positive relationships among neighbours, running effective meetings, learning about advocacy and more. Creating the Change We Want sessions are led together by neighbourhood leaders and community developers in Ottawa priority neighbourhoods. To take the training to lead sessions, for support using the guide, or for more information, please contact Dominique Paris-MacKay, Neighbourhood Liaison Worker at 613-898-6723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible by the United Way of Ottawa.
Recognizing that all neighbourhoods are different, we invite you to download the guide, and freely take and adapt materials according to your needs. Printed copies of this guide are available upon request. Individual workshops, exercises and evaluation forms in Word are available below so that you can easily combine different exercises or activities or create new materials.
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Workshops at a Glance
|WORKSHOP||OBJECTIVE||WHEN TO USE IT|
|STRENGTHENING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD (WORD)||
|ENGAGING RESIDENTS IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD (WORD)||
GETTING THE WORD OUT (PDF)
|BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG NEIGHBOURS (WORD)||
|CARING FOR OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER (WORD)||
|BEING A COMMUNITY ADVOCATE (WORD)||
|ENJOYING EFFECTIVE MEETINGS (WORD)||
|WORKING TOGETHER (WORD)||
|PLANNING ACTION (WORD)||
Exercises by Theme
This chart includes all the exercises in this guide. Some of them are activities within workshops that you may choose to use alone or combine with other exercises to create your own workshop.
|INVOLVING RESIDENTS||The Web (WORD) (page 45)||Help to see how we are connected||10 Min|
|Telling Our Stories (WORD) (page 46)||Understand why and how people get involved in our community||20 Min|
|Levels of Involvement (WORD) (page 46)||Reflect on our own involvement to identify barriers and opportunities||10 Min|
|Visualizing Neighbourhood Involvement (WORD) (page 47)||Explore ways of involving people in our neighbourhoods||30 Min|
|VALUING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY||Community Bundle (WORD) (page 20)||Recognize and value the wealth of diverse experience||35 Min|
|Diversity Wheel (WORD) (page 23)||Involve people from a diversity of backgrounds||30 Min|
|UNDERSTANDING POWER AND CONTEXT||Weather Map (WORD) (Page 28)||Explore what helps and hinders neighbourhood change||35 Min|
|Living Sculpture (WORD) (Page 26)||See how people create change||35 Min|
|Being a Leader (WORD) (Page 18)||Reflect on the kind of leadership that encourages others||25 Min|
|Experiencing Our Power (WORD) (page 75)||Recognize our capacity to create positive change||25 Min|
|Neighbourhood Change Story (WORD) (page 77)||Learn from an experience of neighbourhood change||30 Min|
|Quote Sharing (WORD)(page 75)||Create a safe space for exploring the meaning of community advocacy||15 Min|
|WORKING TOGETHER/ RUNNING EFFECTIVE MEETINGS||Silent Film (WORD)(page 102)||Prevent and address problems that arise at meetings||25 Min|
|The Spider (WORD) (page 99)||Identify how people can best work together to achieve our goals||10 Min|
|The Feather (WORD) (page 115)||Reach consensus||10 Min|
|Dotmocracy (WORD) (page 116)||Prioritize tasks||10 Min|
|The Puzzle (WORD) (Page 22)||Analyze the basic elements of collective work||30 Min|
|COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY||Communication Levels (WORD) (page 54)||Highlight importance of communication. Consider cutural and gender differences||20 Min|
|Listeting with Eyes, Ears and Heart (WORD) (page 55)||Practise listening with eyes, ears, and heart||20 Min|
|Open Ended Questions (WORD) (page 55)||Learn how to ask open ended question(s) to foster curiosity as a component of reducing conflict||10 Min|
|The Telephone (WORD) (page 113)||Emphasize the importance of effective communication Understand how miscommunication happens easily||20 Min|
|Communication Styles Role Play (WORD)(page 76)||Have fun reflecting on our own communication styles, and consider which can be most effective in bringing our issues forward||15 Min|
|CARING FOR OURSELVES||Relaxation (WORD) (page 63)||Help everyone relax||10 Min|
|Medicine Wheel (WORD)(page 64)||Understand benefits of self care within the medicine wheel teachings||20 Min|
|Boundaries Teach-in (WORD) (page 66)||Understand the role boundaries play in self care||15 Min|
|PLANNING ACTION||Who’s on the Bus (WORD)(page 125)||Identify who people can work with to move forward||20 Min|
|Timeline (WORD) (page 123)||Identify activities that will help people to move toward our goals||20 Min|
The CCWW Neighbourhood Liaison Worker is here to support you!
Please contact Dominique Paris-MacKay to obtain printed copies of the guide or for more information about Creating the Change We Want at (613) 898-6723 or email@example.com.