Our Lunch+Learns are designed to share stories and insights about the power of community connecting through asset-based community development.
On June 2nd, 2021, over lunch, we gathered with national leaders from Richmond Virginia, Mercede, California, and Memphis, Tennessee to learn about how listening and building connections strengthens neighborhoods and transforms lives.
Great Lakes Urban directly supports such efforts in the cities of West Michigan. You can find our previous Lunch+Learn—which focused on the local story of Holland—in another post below.
But Great Lakes Urban also wants to use what we’ve learned doing this work since 2008 to help catalyze a national movement, a pandemic of connectedness, belonging, and collective self-efficacy that sparks change in the places where we live, work and play.
As part of that, we have joined with eight other founding organizations from across the country to launch and grow a Network for Social Transformation. What binds us together is a commitment to relationally-driven, ground-up, asset-based, and place-centered neighborhood and community transformation.
For this quarter's virtual Lunch+Learn, we visited with the luminary founders and directors of three of those organizations—Kaleidoscope Collaborative RVA, Amy Moritz Consulting, and Lifeline CDC—to share from their significant experience generating just and lasting change.
If you missed it, you can still listen in by clicking here.
Our esteemed guests included: