Providing tools and support to community members to create local initiatives that build local capacity and leadership, increase environmental sustainability, and foster greater livability and vitality.
The New Dream Collaborative Communities Program aims to move our audience from consumer life to citizen life, connecting them to foster engagement and action offline to better their communities.
Information & Education: New Dream showcases the best tools and resources in five key action areas: Building Social Ties, Sharing Resources, Strengthening Food Systems, Localizing the Economy, and Engaging Local Government. By shining a spotlight on what is working in local communities, we can help create impact that is tied to a larger national effort.
Storytelling & Inspiration: We provide articles and interviews featuring ordinary citizens who are changing their lives and communities. We also highlight innovative local practices on the website and in our newsletter.
Networking & Connections: In 2013, New Dream launched the Get2gether initiative. This program facilitates online organizing to support offline collaboration between neighbors through the creation of local New Dream teams. Each team is self-organized and determines what projects to pursue using New Dream's resources for guidance and inspiration. Projects follow New Dream’s focus areas: sharing resources, strengthening local economies, and greening communities.
In addition, New Dream has launched a Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge through which we offer micro-grants to help foster promising initiatives and projects led by New Dream teams in their communities.
Through Get2gether, New Dream hopes to build “social capital”—the connections within and between social networks —and to help communities become stronger, safer, more nurturing, and more fun.
Support & Capacity Building: We offer training opportunities, targeted resources, and technical support to leading activists to increase their capacity to provide local leadership. Our Organizer’s Toolkit provides tips on organizing, media, and fundraising, as well as access to New Dream presentations and other materials. We also provide ongoing support through our local Regional Coordinators, our national Program Director, and our webinar series. Our surveys reveal that the webinars are inspiring and are enabling participants to implement projects in their own communities, such as the founders of the Station North Tool Library in Baltimore, MD, who credit our webinar with helping to launch their effort.
To learn more about our Collaborative Communities program, please contact Anna Awimbo at anna[at]newdream[dot]org.