“Through the Livable Neighborhood Program neighbors take specific actions to make their blocks better places to live. Our City is re-inventing itself through our Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and this program fits perfectly. The Livable Neighborhood Program empowers citizens to improve their blocks and increase the quality of life for each neighbor. Simply said: the Livable Neighborhood Program is a winner.”– John Street, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Empowerment Institute’s Livable Neighborhood Program enables a block to become safer, healthier, quieter, friendlier, greener, and more economical place to live. It also serves as a delivery platform for integrating the programs of local government, community groups and neighborhood organizations.
Much has been written about the block as the organizing principle in community development. This is where concerns about quality of life are tangible and a sense of pride is easily established. As a consequence, neighborhood initiatives designed to work at the block level have great potential to capture people's imagination and sustain participation. Block level initiatives are also attractive because they awaken a sense of community.
The Livable Neighborhood Program is designed to coalesce these different strands into an effective empowerment tool to assist local government and nonprofits in delivering services and improving the overall livability of the block. The program concept is simple and builds directly on Empowerment Institute's two decades of experience in designing and delivering citizen and neighborhood empowerment programs for municipalities throughout the United States.
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The program is divided into four topic areas: health and safety, beautification and greening, resource sharing and community-building.
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Health and Safety Livability Assessment
Empowerment Institute’s Social Change 2.0 community organizing leadership certification with a focus on implementation of the Livable Neighborhood Program. You will learn how to facilitate an empowerment training, provide empowerment coaching, and use the Social Change 2.0 framework, strategies, and skills to architect a transformational community intervention. You will also receive the Livable Neighborhood Program training scripts, organizing templates, and guidance on how to customize the campaign to the unique needs of your community and project. Click here for more information on the certification program.
A Social Change 2.0 community organizing training for a local government or community organization wishing to implement the Livable Neighborhood Program. This training is customized to the needs of the community and organization. For more information contact us.
To learn more about the Social Change 2.0 framework and research underpinning the Livable Neighborhood Program, read the free download from the book's introduction, "Reinventing Social Change."
Reinventing Social Change
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An introduction to the Social Change 2.0 philosophy and framework.
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Livable NeighborhoodMaking Life Better on the Street Where You Live by David Gershon.
The workbook contains thirty-five block level actions and livability assessments for each of four topics: health and safety, beautification and greening, resource sharing and neighborhood building.
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“I have been personally struck by the remarkable effectiveness of the Livable Neighborhood Program’s ability to engage neighbors and empower them to take and sustain action on a block level. Through our work with this program, I have become absolutely convinced that it’s state-of-the-art ‘social technology’ has immense potential here in Philadelphia and across the country to transform individual behavior and neighborhoods.”—Christopher Patusky, deputy director Fels School of Government, University of Pennsylvania