A Very Intense and Complex Balancing Act

A Reflection by Former Making Connections Oakland Director Fred Blackwell

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 25, 2007

Summary

Fred Blackwell gives an insider look at managing local conflict and community change as a site coordinator for Casey's 10-year, 10-city Making Connections initiative. 

Key Takeaway

Accolades for Casey's focus and technical assistance in moving Making Connections forward

According to Fred Blackwell, the foundation deserves a whole lot of praise, "The way the technical assistance delivery was set up was innovative and fantastic. The development of a set of core capacities that needed to exist in a community in order to deliver outcomes was right on point. The notion that you need to focus on a set of common ground outcomes was very important. In this kind of work, without that kind of focus, you rarely accomplish anything."

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