Past Events

  • Heart & Soul Talks
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern

    Hear how Community Heart & Soul™ offers a way to involve everyone—from business owners to neighbors—in planning and development that leads to lasting results. The bottom line: knowing what a community wants upfront reduces risk for developers, increases investor confidence and makes possibilities happen in a way that benefits community members and investors.  Listen to this lively call on how Heart & Soul sparks transformation with Jared Duval, economic development director, Vermont Department of Economic Development and Orton Family Foundation trustee; Daniel Stevenson, director of economic and community development, Biddeford, Maine, and Patrick Wright, executive director, Gardiner Main Street, Gardiner, Maine. 

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  • Heart & Soul Training
    Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern

    Alece Montez-Griego, Orton Family Foundation director of programs and Meagan Picard, senior associate with Orton, lead an interactive webinar that will give participants insight into what makes Community Heart & Soul a powerful, results-oriented and successful approach to community development and planning. Researched and field tested for more than a decade, Community Heart & Soul increases participation in local decision-making and empowers residents to shape their communities to uphold the unique character of each place based on what matters most to them. This hour-long overview is the first in a series of four online trainings this year.


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  • Heart & Soul Talks
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern

    Achieving community-wide participation is an admirable but challenging goal. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project. Orton’s Community Network Analysis (CNA) brings fresh new voices and solutions to the table and is a powerful way to understand who lives, works, and plays in your town and how best to reach them.

    Alece Montez-Greigo, Orton’s director of programs, explains the tool. Community Heart & Soul project coordinator Alexis Halbert of Paonia, Colorado, and Gabrielle Ratté Smith, senior associate for strategic partnerships at Orton and of Essex, Vermont, join her to share their on-the-ground experience with CNA. 


  • Heart & Soul Talks
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern

    Find out all about Community Heart & Soul™ and how the method has led to significant, measurable change for the better in small towns and rural communities. This FREE webinar was recorded on Nov. 5, 2014.

    • Intro to Community Heart & Soul: Orton Family Foundation Executive Director David Leckey on how discovering what matters most in a community leads to real, positive change.
    • Get to Know the Community Heart & Soul Field Guide: A brief overview of the field-tested method with Alece Montez-Griego, programs director at Orton.
    • Heart & Soul—Steering change: Mike Bestor, city manager, Golden, Colorado and Delilah Poupore, executive director Heart of Biddeford, Biddeford, Maine share how Heart & Soul transformed their towns.
    • Q&A with questions from the audience.

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