Network Organizing

Building your social capital, the number and strength of connections that you have with others, leads to increased opportunity.  People get jobs, access resources, improve their neighborhoods and make friends through the people that they know. At Lawrence CommunityWorks we understand this and are striving to build an environment that maximizes the ability of people to establish and nurture connections that are mutually beneficial with the goal of creating a community network committed to positive change in the city of Lawrence.

The role of the Network Organizing Department (NOD) is to create opportunities for connection and community building.  To bring people together to build the relationships necessary for community change.  Through the facilitating of these connections we have an eye on generating, coordinating, and supporting community civic engagement opportunities for Lawrence residents that foster deeper connectivity, leadership development and resident led social change.

Some of the core strategies utilized by NOD are:

Marketplaces – a form of networking and connecting nights.

NeighborCircles and Community Education Circles – aimed at building and improving community in neighborhoods and schools.

Volunteer Engagement opportunities

PODER Leadership Institute – building the personal and collective skills of the LCW membership.

Network Organizing is a core practice of Lawrence CommunityWorks. At LCW we are all Network Organizers believing that in order for our community to continue to grow and thrive we are ALL responsible for connecting people with one another to build relationships of mutual support, while also connecting them with the opportunities that will empower them to succeed.

2012 PODER Leadership Institute participants visit Lawrence City Council Chambers

2012 PODER Leadership Institute participants visit Lawrence City Council Chambers

Member Open House at LCW summer 2012

Member Open House at LCW summer 2012