Not Quite Chaos

Toward a More Disciplined Approach to Community Building

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 2, 2002


This report introduces two new guides, the Process Framework and the Structural Framework, that aim to bring order to the very organic enterprise that is resident-empowered change. The text — which dives deeply into Casey’s Making Connections initiative in Denver — also pitches a strong case for using these two frameworks to help move community building from a intuition-driven journey to a more disciplined and sustainable field of practice.  

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Key Takeaway

Community builders just gained two new — and much needed — tools: the frameworks presented in this report.

This report superimposes two new community building frameworks onto an active Making Connections initiative in Denver. The overlap between the frameworks and Denver’s on-the-ground actions are striking and, even more, push readers to think more deeply and systematically about driving and sustaining community-empowered change.

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