The real magic happens when residents come together, meeting one another and shaping change.
OgdenCAN is organizing a block-by-block structure which will ultimately mobilize 100 volunteer captains to lead communications and projects within each micro-neighborhood.
Short-Term & Long-Term
A patient discovery process has already begun, with eyes on a 40-year vision. Some efforts have a short-term focus so residents can see improvements right away, while others require patience to make a lasting difference over time. Think of planting annuals vs. fruit trees. Anchors are simultaneously working on problems at both the macro and street levels. It has to be both: short-term/long term; micro/macro.
Benchmarking NEW GROUND
OgdenCAN is part of the Anchor Learning Network, a group of over 30 universities who have committed to their anchor role in their respective communities. This network is convened by The Democracy Collaborative in Washington DC and provides benchmarking with other leading-edge communities. OgdenCAN’s structure is unique and efforts here are further along than almost anywhere in the country. So, although some examples exist, OgdenCAN is breaking new ground and is likely to become a model for other communities.
The Seven Imperatives
The mission of the Ogden Civic Action Network is to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization through a place-based strategy that focuses resources on the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden. Our vision is to improve the health, strength and engagement of our community – economically, socially, environmentally, educationally and civically. We seek to remove barriers, create opportunities, and align all of the resources available. The civic action plan created by the Ogden Civic Action Network will be consistent with the following seven imperatives:
Imperative #1 – Anchor-mission
This imperative specifies that there are anchor institutions that are rooted in our community by their mission, invested capital or relationships with customers, employees, residents, and vendors. These anchor institutions are immoveable which means that their well-being is inextricably tied to the welfare of the community. Our anchor-mission is: The Ogden Civic Action Network commits to intentionally apply our long-term, place-based economic power, intellectual assets, and human capital in partnership with our community to mutually benefit the long-term well-being of all involved. We also seek an economic system that ensures that equity, inclusion, economic stability and resilience are produced as a natural consequence of the functioning of the economy.
Imperative #2 - Place-based
This imperative requires that a specific geographic area within the community be designated for comprehensive revitalization, e.g., the East Central Neighborhood.
Imperative #3 – Core Values and Ethics
This imperative establishes the principle-based values and ethics. These values are founded upon the principles developed by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative including: Integrity - Act with honesty in all situations
Trust - Build trust in all relationships
Accountability - Accept responsibility for all decisions
Transparency - Maintain open and truthful communications
Fairness - Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships
Respect - Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others
Rule of Law - Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
Viability - Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders
Imperative #4 – Access and equity
This imperative ensures that equal access is available to all residents within the East Central Neighborhood. We desire to eliminate barriers and obstacles in this neighborhood and to provide fair access to housing, education, and health opportunities that could transform lives in a significant and meaningful way. By helping these residents meet basic needs, we recognize and validate the dignity of each person.
Imperative #5 - Transdisciplinary community solutions
This imperative connotes a strategy that crosses many boundaries to create a holistic approach to problem solving or to signify a unity of knowledge beyond typical boundaries. In other words, there is true collaboration between all stakeholders which becomes a way to engage in different ways of thinking about and understanding the challenges. This collaboration helps stakeholders understand the many dimensions or perspectives and how to incorporate the solution.
Imperative #6 - Authentic partnerships
This imperative honors the fundamental belief that the work of the Ogden Civic Action Network must be pursued both within partnerships and through them. These partnerships are founded upon the guiding principles of partnership developed by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health including:
Guiding Principles of Partnership
- The partnership forms to serve a specific purpose and may take on new goals over time.
- The partnership agrees upon mission, values, goals, measurable outcomes and processes for accountability.
- The relationship between partners in the partnership is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
- The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also works to address needs and increase capacity of all partners.
- The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
- Partners make clear and open communication an ongoing priority in the partnership by striving to understand each other’s needs and self-interests, and developing a common language.
- Principles and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners, especially for decision-making and conflict resolution.
- There is feedback among all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
- Partners share the benefits of the partnership’s accomplishments.
- Partnerships can dissolve, and when they do, need to plan a process for closure.
- Partnerships consider the nature of the environment within which they exist as a principle of their design, evaluation, and sustainability.
- The partnership values multiple kinds of knowledge and life experiences.
Quality processes that are relationship focused; open, honest, respectful and ethical; trust building; acknowledging of history; committed to mutual learning and sharing credit. Meaningful outcomes that are tangible and relevant to communities. Transformation that occurs at multiple levels, including:
- Personal transformation, including self reflection and heightened political consciousness
- Institutional transformation, including changing policies and systems
- Community transformation, including community capacity building
- Transformation of science and knowledge, including how knowledge is generated, used and valued
- Political transformation, including social justice
Imperative #7 - Leveraging of existing resources
This imperative ensures that all stakeholders bring resources to the table and that there is a concerted effort to combine and leverage all of the resources for the community’s benefit. The resources come in the form of staff time, services, contributions, etc. This leveraging includes seeking donations and grants.