BUILDING COMMMUNITY ACROSS DIFFERENCE
Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance
Facing the Challenge to Manage Change: Building Community across Difference is the outgrowth of an emerging collaboration between the Eisenhower, Kellogg and Loeb Fellowships. The gathering in May 2010 is intended to kick off an effort to think more intentionally about how we as fellows can add value to the challenges faced in divided communities.
Building community is long, slow, unglamorous and painstaking work. This meeting endeavours to employ the unique networks of each fellowship organization to foster and support new leaders as they work in their communities.
Effective leaders–whether they serve in the public or private sector–must consider the increasingly complex interplay and public implications of building bridges in communities with different identities and histories. While there is an urgent need for leaders to develop the skills that hone their capacity to think in pragmatic ways to address difference, there are few fora designed to acknowledge and address this need. Consequently, leaders are often left to invent their own solutions and grapple with challenges alone. The built and natural environments are often the losers in these scenarios.
In response to this need, a group of alumni from the Eisenhower Fellowship, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard will gather in Ireland to think about how their extensive networks and the diverse experience of their fellows could add value to this challenging issue. Community leaders working on the front lines of change in Dublin and Belfast will join the discussion.
The theme of the meeting is Facing the Challenge to Manage Change: Building Community across Difference. It will take place May 4th through the 8th in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Invited participants have demonstrated the ability to employ innovative approaches to build community across difference using their roles as designers, planners, community advocates and leaders. All share an interest in leveraging the value of their experience and networks to foster new leaders. To our knowledge this cross-fellowship collaboration is the first of its kind.
To create a peer network across fellowship programs that, over time, will provide support to emerging leaders and develop the resources to help solve the challenges of building sustainable communities across ideological difference.
Develop an international peer network that links practitioner leaders to others who are working to build communities across difference and strengthen civil society.
Lay the groundwork for the development of an international initiative designed to:
- build on best practice and the learning from North South Initiatives and other regions and areas worldwide.
- enable a global audience to experience, learn and contribute to our understanding of creating sustainable communities across difference.
- involve practitioners, researchers and academics but more importantly the people living on the edge.
- make use of writers, artists and poets, as their work and experience brings different perspectives.
- understand and imagine how the design of the built environment can shape new professional and cultural partnerships and create communities that are vibrant in multiple dimensions.
- employ digital media and traditional structure, innovate and develop a new model of delivery and learning in this area.
- access the people and ideas who have made a difference and have created a way of understanding and doing that can be shared.
- capture experience and best practice, develop and disseminate written resources with new models for approach.
- Create ongoing relationships among practitioner leaders and emerging leaders across the globe that aid the implementation of strategies that enhance civil society.
- Develop new approaches to building sustainable community through the dialogue and exchange of ideas.
- Complete written and visual materials that can be shared with a broader audience after the conclusion of the meeting.
- Develop new systems that use lessons from broad dialogues about design and the physical environment to examine other issues in the communities of difference.