Tools and activities developed
by Imagine Chicago, click here for IC toolkit
Appreciative Inquiry. An overview of Appreciative Inquiry’s use in community
development as practiced by Imagine Chicago has been included as a whole
section under the Resources section of this website. The AI Commons is a much larger treasure chest of AI related theory and
practice in many contexts and is highly recommended.
Open Space Technology (OST) is a way for
groups to self organize in parallel working sessions around strategic topics, with responsibility for documenting
conversation and getting things done entrusted to participants. The principles, practices, and process honor
and leverage each person's passion and call forth ideas and commitment to take
responsibility for action. Visit website for more information.
The World Café is a simple methodology for hosting conversations about
questions that matter. Conversations connect and build on each other as people
shift table groups, cross-pollinating ideas and expanding collective
imagination about the topics at hand.
Resources are available at the World Cafe' website.
Based Community Development (ABCD), established
by Northwestern University's Institute for
Policy Research has produced many practical resources and tools for
community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize community assets. Visit website for more information.