TRCC’s core work is to connect community resilience movement leaders who often do not have the opportunity to interact. We help connect the movement to more of itself, a key principle of healthy communities. TRCC community connections provide members with valued friends, program allies, peer feedback, speaking and contract engagements, R&D support, project funding, etc.
Impact Story: TRCC Collective Impact
Multi-stakeholder Fierce Allies
The quality of caring community and commitment to courageous conversations builds friends and allies across differences. This qualitative impact creates the trust and willingness to partner up to tackle complex systemic issues.
Impact Story: Braving Collaborative Philanthropy
TRCC increases organization capacity by hosting peer learning and training opportunities and by paying members to provide community services. Member-led working group Co-Labs incubate program research, tool development, asset analysis, and training.
TRCC walks its talk by practicing a sharing economy. We pay a standard $30 per hour to pay over fifteen members from different organizations for their time and expertise providing community services. At our gatherings, we thrive cooking and laughing together, carpooling, and camping out dorm-style.
Impact Story: Co-Labs Grown Wild
TRCC creates an ongoing productive space (rather than a one-off conference) for key movement leaders to think together strategically, to analyze and adapt their collective impact, and to allocate available resources to go farther together.
In Kirsten Schwind’s (BayLocalize) words, “While representatives from the Collaboratory member organizations know each other professionally and enjoy collegial relationships, they often did not take time to share their plans with each other in a way that allowed co-creation or deep collaboration. Having the TRCC provide this structure greatly increased communication and awareness between organizations about how each is contributing to the field, and how we can be more effective together. As all representatives are busy with their own organizations, a key challenge is finding a format for communication and collaboration that is useful without being onerous.”
Impact Story: Just Resilience Collective Shakes the Ground in the SFBay (article forthcoming), TRCC Movement-Building Tales
A major TRCC systemic-shift impact is our broadly inclusive and radically democratic annual Co-Project Initiative. The Initiative runs collaborative project development and participatory grantmaking co-sponsored by (and including) multiple funders. The Council (mostly activists with some funders) collectively sets a strategy and decides how to move the money to enact that strategy, honoring the diversity of people and the environment in geographic places. How we decide together is as important as what we decide together. The Council is a deep democracy model of multi-stakeholder stewardship of local food, water, energy, land, and economy systems.
The Initiative prototypes a new model of philanthropy and investing by nurturing, with care and over time, authentic relationships between funders and activists, as peers. Conventional barriers between them, and the power structures those barriers represent, are overcome. The Initiative is funded by Threshold Foundation’s Thriving Resilient Communities Funding Circle (TRCF). In 2016, the Council is contracted as a community partner for TRCF’s grantmaking process. More ally and funder partners are welcome!
Impact Story: Co-Project Initiative 2016 and 2015 Report (forthcoming)