We have two guiding principles when it comes to community engagement:
- Reciprocity – we work together with communities rather than working for a community. In other words, instead of focusing on a community’s deficits we instead build on its strengths.
- Transformation – There must be the potential in projects for communities to be transformed, to grow, to build on current capacities and to believe there is hope for a better tomorrow.
The people who come together to work with the community as partners, researchers, community members or volunteers are open to developing relationships and experiencing transformation in their attitudes, values and experience.
If you want to become a partner in our community engagement projects, please contact us.
You can also find information about our agenda, themes, consulting services and more at our IACE (Institute for Advancing Community Engagement) page.
Community engagement calls us into mutual relationships with poor, oppressed and vulnerable communities. It requires that we 'work with' people rather than 'do for' them; that we act collaboratively to make a difference in our world; and that each person and community remains open to being influenced by the other, and changed.”
- Spirituality of Community Engagement, Anthony Steel, Institute for Advancing Community Engagement