September 29, 2016

The first workshop that I attended this week at Tamarack Institute’s 2016 Community Change Institute demonstrated a simple tool for working with multiple stakeholders in a collaborative way.

The first step in the process, Liz Weaver explained, is to have the stakeholder...

September 27, 2016

The Tamarack Institute is a keen, thoughtful, and deep observer of how community change happens at the beginning of the 21st century, while also being participants in, and facilitators of, that community change.

Through the generosity of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis...

August 30, 2016

What role can neighborhoods play in education?

This question was top of mind when, in early 2015, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) and our Shalom Zone partners began focusing on education in three Memphis neighborhoods: South Memphis, Highland Heights, and Hick...

August 23, 2016

Editor's Note: Last fall, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) provided grants to three Shalom Zones to help them implement projects to improve education in their neighborhoods. These were small grants, but we knew that even a small amount of resources in the hand...

May 17, 2016

 Jean Handley is a Memphis-based communications specialist who practices a communications model known as Mindful Communication. On June 8, Jean will be joining CTC to offer a special one-day workshop called Dialogue Strategies for Transforming Conflict, based on the Mi...

April 7, 2015

Amy took time this week to talk with Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss on the Thought Grenades series Leadership for the Common Good. She shares some details about our Communities of Shalom initiative and congregation-led community change in Memphis. 

To listen to the inte...

April 15, 2014

I had the opportunity to shadow Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) Director, Amy Moritz, on a Friday afternoon in February in the South Memphis Shalom Zone. In the prior week I had begun learning about the community group capacity building and sustainable social...

March 28, 2013

“Whatever the problem, community is the answer.” 

This quote from Margaret Wheatley could have been the mantra for “Engaging Community.  Narrating Change.” last fall with John McKnight, Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann and continues to be the mantra for the people w...

March 18, 2013

This week I had the pleasure of a visit from Stanley Gitari Imunya and Mary Karimi Gitari of Kenya.  Our mutual acquaintance, Susan Hillebert, organized our meeting believing that our respective work, though 8,000 miles apart, had much in common and that there are thin...