Resources for Working with Communities

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Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.


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Robert’s Rules of Order:

According to Robert’s Rules of Order, parliamentary procedure is based on the consideration of the rights: of the majority, of the minority (especially a large minority greater than one-third), of individual members, of absentee members, of all of these groups taken together.

Although the copyright on the original Fourth Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Revised has expired, it remains an important work. contains the full text of this book, including lesson outlines and Plan for Study of Parliamentary Law, along with the added convenience and functionality of index and keyword search. This handy online reference tool is useful to students of parliamentary procedure and parliamentarians alike.

Learn more about Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary Procedure, Bylaws, Conducting Meetings, and Taking Minutes with

Productive Meetings

The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings by Starhawk

Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory

A free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 20 research-tested success factors.

The inventory takes about fifteen minutes to complete. It can be distributed to a small group of leaders in the collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members for the most complete picture. You can tally your score manually or online.

Take the free online inventory, or register your group to take the online inventory, and receive the group’s summary scores for each of the 20 factors.


Asset-Mapping helps a community better understand what strengths and resources they have to put into a project. Here are some online documents to help with the process:

Learn more about Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary Procedure, Bylaws, Conducting Meetings, and Taking Minutes with

Resources for the Community Visioning Process

The Community Visioning and Strategic Planning Handbook by the National Civic League

Planning for the Future: A Handbook on Community Visioning by Gary Green, Anna Haines, and Stephen Halebsky

The purpose of this handbook is to help communities like yours begin thinking and planning for the future.

World Cafe Method

Drawing on seven integrated design principles, the World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue.

Using Storytelling to Build a Vision

Charrette Resources- How to Create a Shared Vision and Gather Feedback


The Neighborhood Charrette Handbook by: Dr. James A. Segedy, AICP and Bradley E. Johnson, AICP

How to run a Lean charrette

A cornerstone of new urbanist practice, charrettes are often hard to finance: Here’s a guide to making them work on a tight budget.

Shared Kitchen Toolkit

The Food Corridor, Fruition Planning and Management, and Purdue Extension Services co-created the Shared Kitchen Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Planning, Launching, and Managing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen

The Shared Kitchen Toolkit is a free, web-based resource that delivers guidance on feasibility and planning for new kitchen projects, as well as management practices for the day-to-day operations of shared-use kitchens. It also provides an overview of emerging kitchen models and highlights opportunities for kitchens to expand their community impact and enhance financial sustainability. It is available as a 166-page downloadable PDF, via The Food Corridor’s resources page

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