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Shift Happens in Community: A Toolkit to Build Power and Ignite Change

Posted 2020
Paula F. Swepson and Mary K. Snow
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About This Book

If you are ready to explore and implement a unique approach to engage historically excluded rural voices in community development efforts, this toolkit is required reading. Through the valuable tools, best practices, processes, resources and stories contained here, you will advance your efforts to mobilize community members and agency partners to address deeply roomed inequities in rural communities. 

This toolkit is for any nonprofit, funder, government agency, community organizer, or volunteer who wants to catalyze rural communities to action by tapping into and honoring the history, wisdom, knowledge, experience and ideas of local leaders. 

We invite you to learn from, and adapt this toolkit to fit within your own context. Our ultimate hope for you is that with this toolkit in hand, you are able to uncover, empower and ignite the rich history and legacy of rural community organizing that has taken place all over the world.

This book is available for purchase that both documents the West Marion Community Forum process and provides useful information and tools that can be used in other equitable community engagement processes. Multiples can be purchased for group training.