Wilder's Community Initiatives team works alongside community collaboratively, crafting solutions that impact systems, organizations, communities and individuals.

Community Initiatives

Building community capacity, one collaborative project at a time

Racial equity as north star illustration

Wilder is committed to addressing complex challenges that will advance equity in Saint Paul and across Minnesota. In our Community Initiatives, we work alongside community collaboratively, crafting solutions that impact systems, organizations, communities and individuals.
 
Community Initiatives are not programs, but rather time-limited collaborative projects that seek to build community capacity.

For more information on collaborating with us, contact:

Current Community Projects in Saint Paul and Minnesota

Systems Change Projects 

Supporting systems in effectively engaging community in order to collaboratively build equitable, accessible and culturally relevant systems. Current projects include:

Winona Health Equity Project

An effort to equip local organizations to collaborate effectively to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health.

Early Childhood Systems Reform

Partnering with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet to engage community in reforming our statewide early childhood system in order to create an equitable system.

Other Collaborative Projects

Network Weavers Community of Practice

A group of practitioners who meet regularly to improve our network weaving capacity: to intentionally build effective relationships around a shared vision to accomplish goals or build a movement.

Principles that Guide Our Community Initiatives

We do the work of cultural organizing – organizing that catalyzes the cultural shifts needed to create sustainable change. Working alongside community, we seek to address the complex underlying systems and structures that perpetuate inequities. Our guiding principles are:

  • Community-driven collaboration
  • Addressing complex challenges
  • Co-creating new narratives

Resources for Collaborative Success

Check out the practical reference book built upon credible, research-based information as well as the online companion with tools and ideas to help you collaborate successfully.

Register for an Upcoming Workshop

Collaboration: 22 Factors Organizations Need to Partner Successfully

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Join this training workshop to learn about research-based factors, practitioner wisdom, and a how-to perspective on supporting successful… More about this event »

Meet the Community Initiatives Team

Kirsten Johnson

Director of Community Engagement & Systems Change, Community Initiatives

Sindy Morales Garcia

Senior Program Associate, Wilder Community Initiatives