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Democratizing Development Framework

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Community Stabilization Examples:

  • Supporting community organizing and building community leadership and capacity and understanding of issues and solutions in order to take actions and engage.
  • Expanding the power of low-income communities who are marginalized from the decisions that shape their lives by supporting low-income community-led research and development plans.
  • Strategies and solutions to gentrification and displacement like rent control, affordable housing links to livable wages.

Community-Led Planning Examples:

  • Community Engaged Design strategies that centers community leaders and organizations working in partnership with planners, technical advisors, legal approaches that benefit underserved residents.
  • Information and data tools that build power within communities to advance specific policy demands, and community-based plans. 

Community Control & Ownership Examples:

  • Building low-income, community held capital by:
    • Leveraging public land to capture permanent value for disenfranchised communities.
    • Exploring innovative, cross-sector development financing tools and partnerships and how to influence private capital flows into community priorities.
    • Expanding strategies to build and access public sector policies, development and financing programs to support community-based development and enforced by ongoing community advocacy.
    • The role of community cooperatives, job pathways, entrepreneurship and social investment to propel local change.

Across the Three Areas:

  • Equity-based evaluation Indicators that allow both funders and field to learn, adapt, and know development patterns are shifting to prioritize people vs. profit
  • Communications strategies for shaping a new narrative for successful democratized development that builds public support, expands civic engagement to hold elected officials accountable to communities., and connects translocal campaigns and reforms to build a national movement of change.
  • Cross-sector and cross-issue partnerships that integrates multiple infrastructure plans and developments to maximize investments and efficiencies while ensuring greatest local community benefits.  For example, the connections between community policing, #BlackLivesMatter and Community Development strategies.