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Community Capacity BuildingCommunity Capacity Building

Community capacity building refers to the identification, strengthening and linking of your community's tangible resources, such as schools, businesses and local service groups, and intangible resources such as community spirit.

Community capacity is the infrastructure of individual skills and knowledge, organizations, businesses and community networks that enable the sharing of these skills, knowlede and resources. 

Community capacity and social capital:

These two terms are very similar but not interchangeable. Community capacity is the ability to use the networks and norms that comprise your social capital. You must recognize your social capital to build your capacity and you need to build you community capacity to effectively use and develop your social capital. The more you exercise one, the stronger they both get.

Why build capacity?

CCB is not an economic cure-all but it will act as a magnet for economic growth. Even the poorest or smallest community contains resources and networks that can be harnessed to build a healthier community. The resources to handle a community's affairs effectively, are often present in the community. Your community is diverse and full of ideas and opportunities you or your group have never considered.

Building Communities from the Inside Out
http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/abcd/abcdpubs.html
Website for the book by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight on effective community-building strategies.

Community Toolbox
http://ctb.ku.edu/
Community building tools and resources.

Aspen Institute-Measuring Community Capacity Building

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