How We Work

Often communities act only when a problem arises, like an increase in crime or when a business district declines. The professionals come in, diagnose the problem and propose a cure. Residents become frustrated when nothing seems to change.

The Community Building Institute has a different approach. It coordinates collaborative action among residents, local organizations and institutions that leads to comprehensive, asset-based community development. It's an approach that promotes development driven by the community rather than by outside agencies and emphasizes the community's existing physical assets and residents' interests rather than simply constructing buildings and fixing problems.