Collaborate on: Community Development

880 Cities

Our mission is to ignite action and challenge the status quo to create healthier, more equitable, and sustainable cities for all people.

We are guided by the simple but powerful idea that if everything we do in our cities is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be better for all people.

We work with community partners to put neighbourhoods back at the center of city development. Let 8 80 Cities turn the data of the Diagnostic tool into a colourful reality.

Community Caregivers

Community Caregivers was founded in 1994 in Altamont, NY as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  With the help of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the founders used the Parish Nurse Program as a model in developing the organization.

Our mission is to enable individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities.  Community Caregivers provides non-medical support services to those in need.

Services are offered to residents of the Albany County Towns of Guilderland, Bethlehem, New Scotland, Berne, Knox and Rensselaer county. We support family caregivers with education, resources and, for some, respite from caregiving.

It’s helpful to think of a “Village” as a plan, not a specific place. Older adults want to live home in their later years and joining a ‘Village” network-where members support each other-can help make it a reality. Community Caregivers is a leader in promoting age-friendly policies and community engagement in our region.

How does Community Caregivers fit in the Village Movement? As partners in the emerging Village Movement here in Albany County, we offer information sessions and guidance on the Village concept. We offer:

  • Presentations on the Village Movement 101 and how to get started
  • Volunteer opportunities through Community Caregivers
  • A way for you to get involved

With an established record of service since 1994, we’ve learned a thing or two about coordinating needed services-like transportation and grocery shopping-with a volunteer network and offering caregiver support. Contact us to learn more.

Bethlehem Neighbors

Visit our partner in the Town of Bethlehem at Bethlehem Neighbors!

We’re also a member of the Capital Region Villages Collaborative and
the Village to Village Network.

Council on Social Work Education

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education.

Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.

Foundation for Intentional Community

The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) has over 35 years of partnership with hundreds of intentional communities around the world. At a time when people are desperate for more social connection and answers to complex problems, intentional communities offer hope in an increasingly broken world.

What is an intentional community?

FIC defines an intentional community as a group of people who have chosen to live together or share resources on the basis of common values.

You may have heard of a commune, ecovillage, cohousing, coliving or student coop. These are all types of intentional communities. Intentional communities model more cooperative, sustainable and just ways of life. FIC curates a directory of over 1,000 communities worldwide, as well as supplies resources, runs educational events and promotes community classifieds.

Global Ecovillage Network

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) catalyzes communities for a regenerative world. GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents.

GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.

What is an Ecovillage?

An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all 4 dimensions of sustainability  (social, culture, ecology, economy into a whole systems design) to regenerate its social and natural environment.

Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles. 

Institute for People, Place, & Possibility

We’re a nonprofit organization working to create healthy, equitable, sustainable communities. At IP3, we’re not here to make money — we believe in building capacity for communities to make real and lasting change.

Through years of experience, we’ve found that the best way to do that is by sharing what works and what doesn’t, and where communities should be headed next.

Our work — both as the life force behind the Community Commons and through our offering of web-based data solutions — is founded in our commitment to improving community and population health.

We provide knowledge and know-how surrounding data and technology, rooted in our deep passion for community partnerships.

Nurture Development

Welcome to Nurture Development, where we seek to support communities to reduce institutionalisation and increase interdependency in community life. Here you will find current discussion on ABCD, shared resources, and full details of our training and service offers.

Use our articles and resources to discover the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development, also known as ABCD. If you have any comments or questions we would love to hear from you.

Without community, there can be no liberation”. Audre Lorde.

Regenerative Communities Network

Regenerative communities are emerging in both urban and rural areas across every continent.  The global Regenerative Communities Network honors and connects these efforts with a digital learning platform and a long-term cycle of on-the-ground support.

The Network’s goals are to:

  1. Support the development of rich knowledge-sharing and skill-building networks within and across communities
  2. Increase regenerative capacity at the individual, organizational, community, bioregional and global scales
  3. Help drive significant amounts of aligned capital toward regenerative initiatives

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.

Founded in 1980 the Schumacher Center for a New Economics works to envision the elements of a just and sustainable global economy; undertakes to apply these elements in its home region of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts; and then develops the educational programs to share the results more broadly, thus encouraging replication.

We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system.

We believe that:

  • a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it
  • our natural commons are best held by the regional community
  • money issue can be democratized
  • ownership should be more diversified and that labor should have a part in the ownership structure

We favor the face-to-face relationships fostered in local economies. We deliberately focus on transformative systems and the principles that guide them.