August 10, 2012
Editor’s note: Take a look at this video. “Heart & Soul Planning” for communities like Malone. It’s a program run by the Orton Family Foundation, Middlebury VT.
My thanks to Boyce Sherwin for bringing this to my attention.
In 2008, the Orton Family Foundation began a $10 million, five-year initiative to develop a new approach to values-based community planning designed to bring citizens back into the process of charting the future of their cities and towns. We call it “Heart & Soul Community Planning.”
We piloted the process in partnership with five communities in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain regions, testing new methods, tools and messages. Our early challenges and successes have inspired us to further refine our approach so that citizens have the tools they need to unlock their potential and keep their places special.