Thursday, May 29, 2014

Community coaching returns to New Jersey

By Leonardo Vazquez

Community coaching is a great way to build a plan for better creative placemaking in your community, as well as a team of stewards to help turn ideas into action.

It has been used in 14 communities in New Jersey and Louisiana since it was developed in 2011 by the leadership of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. Communities as small as hamlets and as big as regions have used community coaching to help them diversify their economy, bring artists together with other businesspeople, and address numerous social issues.

Community coaching has also been proven to build new partnerships and the ability of stakeholders to take
on more leadership roles in their communities.

In this program, a trained community coach is paired with a team of 12 to 30 community members who agree to work for 6 to 9 months on a set of creative placemaking strategies.  Teams meet every 3 to 4 weeks, and are guided by their coach to develop ideas and priorities, including implementation strategies.  Each team has a diverse mixture of artists, public officials, community representatives and businesspeople.

The next round of community coaching starts in October 2014.

Thanks to a partnership with PlanSmart NJ, community coaching is now being made available to communities throughout New Jersey.   Learn more about or register for the program in New Jersey.

To learn more about community coaching in general, please join us for our upcoming free webinar:  Community coaching -- a new way to speak truth to power.   It is June 3, from 2 to 3 pm eastern.  1 AICP CM credit is available.  Learn more or register


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