Chicago Plans builds upon LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Chicago's approach to community development and neighborhood planning, refined over its 35-year history and anchored in its New Communities Program over the last 15 years.
Using a peer-to-peer format informed by experts from LISC, other intermediaries, and neighborhood leaders, this four-part series will help teams of local stakeholders develop engagement and facilitation skills and build a network of organizations across the city also engaged in community planning.
Together, our group will sharpen skills and practice tools to maximize participation and engagement; explore the unique role of community leadership in planning; reflect on personal skills in convening community stakeholders; and, study comprehensive planning, including participatory analysis, implementation and evaluation, along with resources available to leverage local plans.
Specific tools include:
- Historical scans: what history and context do stakeholders bring to our neighborhood planning?
- Stakeholder analysis: who is engaged, and how does this relate to our goals?
- Focused conversation
- Workshop facilitation
- Action planning facilitation
- Implementation strategies
You can expect further updates on our efforts in the coming weeks. No doubt, our networking with other committed professionals from nearby neighborhoods will also increase West Rogers Park's profile and lead to further synergies.