COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMS AT WORK
Approximately 10,000 people have now attended FCE public workshops,
but the tangibles of FCE's activity are better described through its specific service to organizations.
Examples of the applications of Community Building methodology and consultation in creating ongoing community:
- The Moscow Institute of Psychology-Academy of Sciences at the International Peace Federation of Russia - for training of their mediators in community building as a process in inter-ethnic conflict resolution for the decentralized nations of the former
- The Talbot Partnership, Easton MD, for county service providers seeking ways to form more effective collaborative relationship in order to address the problems of substance abuse.
- University of Chicago Graduate School of Business - Symposium for executives and managers convening to experience and explore applications of community in the workplace.
- The Montana Association of Churches with the people of Harlowton for the revitalization of their rural community. Harlowton has paved the way for a pilot project for revitalization of other rural towns in Montana.
- The World Business Academy to explore the theme of applications of community in the Workplace.
- The Governor's Office for the multi-department heads, Olympia, Washington, to build community with twelve agency heads. The group made a commitment to begin an ongoing intra-agency group.
- The Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Family Resources for the people of the city of Silver Spring - to improve communication between the various groups of the city. This was FCE's first multilingual, multi-cultural workshop with translators
- Australia Community Development, the two cities of Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. These were FCE's first workshops for Australia.
- The NUTRASWEET Company - for managers seeking to apply the community building process in enhancing teamwork creativity and vision implementation.
- Orcas Island, Washington, for the residents to live, grow and plan as a community.
- The School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha - with social work professionals and service providers, to identify the applications of the community building methodology in social work practice.
- The Lilly Endowment, Inc. Religious Program to increase understanding of Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations and to explore the use of the community building methodology to facilitate inter-religious and inter-cultural communication.
- Island County, Washington, for substance abuse prevention by addressing the root causes: alienation and isolation.
- The Neighborhood Network, Chattanooga, Tennessee, to create neighborhood networks that both invite involvement and shared decision-making in city planning.
- Young Life Ministries, Denver, Colorado, for the upper management of this world-wide organization, serving youth.
- The United Kingdom Heart Group - to foster the building of community and to develop a base of potential facilitators from which to select and train.
- A major communications corporation - for labor-management negotiation teams seeking to develop skills to facilitate collective bargaining and create a new generation of contract negotiation.
- Stimulating cooperation in Peoria, Illinois.
- Helping organize a program in Washington state to combat drug abuse.
- Assisting a Medical Clinic in Harlingen, Texas to solve its problem of physician retention.
- Increasing interagency cooperation in Reading, Pennsylvania.
- Resolving congregational conflict in an Omaha, Nebraska church.
- Enabling labor management teams to avert two major strikes in the communications industry.
- Organizing eight major conferences on community and business; community, spirituality, and discipline; and community continuity.
- Making literacy training effective for the first time in a Louisiana prison.
- Spawning independent community building organizations in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, Asia and India.
- Revitalizing the executive staff of an International Christian Youth organization.
- Empowering a town in Montana to deal with poverty issues. And one in Louisiana. And one in Texas.
- Organizing two invitational workshops for effectively facilitating communication and relationships between Jewish, Christian and Muslin religious leaders in the United States.
- Increasing creativity of the management of a chemical manufacturing plant in Illinois.
- Increasing understanding of minority relations in a Maryland suburb.
- Dramatically improving performance of a class at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
- Invigorating the March of Dimes organization in North Carolina in its focus on infant mortality.
- Educating conflict resolution specialists in Moscow from across the former Soviet Union.
- Empowering academic departments at the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska.
- Working with the political leaders of Austin, Texas to deal with issues of racial divisiveness.
- "Humanizing" physician education at a major medical school.
- Improving morale and communication within one of the nation's largest car dealerships over the past two years.
- Providing community building workshops in Taiwan under the sponsorship of the Institute for Cultural Affairs, with further work planned.
- Building community in organizations as diverse as electronic manufacturing companies, religious orders, and college fraternities.