Grassroots Community Development Lab

Date: September 23, 2015 - September 24, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians 845 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
Contact: Emily Proctor, MSU Tribal Extension Educator 231-439-8927, 231-348-1770,

When people work together to meet their changing social and economic needs, community development is successful and sustainable. The result is long term, locally motivated change.

This Grassroots Community Development Lab is a two day gathering. The history, land, culture and spirit of each community form the respectful bedrock on which future initiatives are considered. Each participant should be engaged in a Grassroots Community Development process to sustain projects and programs. The key to community development always lies in people working together to meet changing social and economic needs.

Come ready with:

  • A current community project needing a boost.
  • A desire to increase tribal community participation.
  • Knowledge of your community’s assets and relationships within the community and locally.
  • The desire to empower your community to make change.
  • The desire to motivate community members, key partners and stakeholder groups to action

After taking this course you will:

  • Ensure effective grass roots participation.
  • Map assets and relationships of a whole community
  • Motivate multi-stakeholder groups to action.
  • Develop a grass roots vision.


  • These approaches have been used worldwide to launch and sustain thousands of community-based initiatives. They empower people to take charge of their own development.
  • Methods of whole system development work for any of housing, education, health, social services, business, commerce, agriculture, industry, organization, culture. It also enables all of them to be implemented together, if necessary.
  • A Comprehensive Grassroots Approach When people work together to meet their own changing social and economic needs, community development is successful and sustainable.

Local groups and organizations are assuming increasing levels of responsibility and need tools to make their efforts effective. These methods can increase your ability to be a catalisy your community. This course is for tribal communities and key community agencies, community development groups, community planners, community economic advisers, community relations officers, concerned citizens, environmentalists. Increase motivation, commitment and competence in your community initiative:

  • Plan your project with maximum support and involvement of stakeholders
  • Keep your project moving; so people don’t falter after a good beginning.


Government and community partner rate: $100
All Elders and students, please contact Emily Proctor for scholarship information.


Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
845 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686


September 23-24, 2015
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



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