A Barn-Raising Approach to Community Wealth-Community Heart & Soul

Conference Session

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

MODERATOR Alece Montez-Griego, Director of Programs, Orton Family Foundation


  • R. Mimi Iijima, Director of Programs and Special Projects, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
  • Chris King, Community Organizer, Galesburg, IL
  • Jane Lafleur, Senior Consultant, Lift360

Using the fun, inspiring and entertaining PechaKucha format of 20 slides-20 seconds each, presenters from communities around the country describe the transformational results of the Community Heart and Soul process. Heart and Soul enhances the competitive strength of communities and creates resiliency and wealth. This innovative process identifies what matters most to your community so you can carry out programs, policies and investments with confidence that they are the right ones for your community. Data on new jobs, businesses, vacancy rates and new people running for office will demonstrate the convincing and transforming qualities of this approach.


  • Participants will learn how Community Heart and Soul engages all voices to discover what matters most to residents.
  • Participants will learn tangible results from Heart and Soul, and how it positively changes community wealth and prosperity.
  • Participants will learn of the support network from champions and coaches to begin their own Community Heart and Soul.

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