The "Portsmouth Listens" project uses Study Circles to engage citizens in deep dialogue about a wide range of city issues, from school bullying to sustainability, budgeting, and the city's master plan.
The New Orleans Survivor Council Story Circles were a meeting facilitation tool used in a larger grassroots effort to organize community members and ensure that post-disaster efforts met the needs of all those affected.
The community of East Somerville, MA created an interactive map to tell the stories of their town. It shows everything from bus stops with shelters, to places where people feel unsafe. Audio clips and photos from community members are also shown.
The OpenNeighborhood Project uses both high tech tools (Second Life) and low tech (cardboard cutouts) to allow the citizens of Acton, MA to envision the redevelopment of Kelley's Corner, an important town gateway.
In 1996 the Michigan Land Information Access Association assisted seven Michigan communities in articulating their local character. Using Community Information Systems (CIS) plans were created to sustain and enhance these respective community values.
The Energize Clinton County Project grew out of a citizen movement to broaden participation in economic development, and rebuild the damaged rust-belt local economy in Clinton County, Ohio through sustainability.
This initiative aims at painting a portrait of life in Sussex County, Delaware through community engagement events, essay competitions and surveys so that its citizens may make informed and enduring decisions about their community.