We achieve our mission by assisting the residents of small cities and towns in the use of the Community Heart & Soul® method, a barn-raising approach to community planning and development designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empower residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place.
We do this because we firmly believe that communities are at their best when all citizens have a say in their future, and when they experience the benefits of working together toward common goals grounded in their emotional attachment to a place. This approach touches real people, solves real problems, improves quality of life, and results in stronger communities with more vibrant economies.
Heart & Soul helps you play a leading role in harnessing the energy of your fellow residents to make thoughtful decisions that reflect the character of your community.
Heart & Soul uses the strengths of your town to uncover practical, broadly supported solutions to local problems.
Heart & Soul engages residents and applies ground-tested tools and resources to planning processes.
Heart & Soul invites you to become a leader who takes action for the mutual benefit of your business and the community.
Heart & Soul opens doors to untapped energy that fuels the restoration of a community’s local assets and offerings.
Heart & Soul offers groundbreaking tools, connections and resources to make the work you’re doing have a greater impact.
Check out What We Do to find out how our Heart & Soul Methodology can help your town, and learn about the towns that are using it now.