The Center for Community Investment (CCI) launched the Fulcrum Fellowship to help disinvested communities achieve their environmental, social, and economic priorities by developing skilled and passionate local leaders. The Center will support these diverse and committed leaders, the Fulcrum Fellows, as they work to advance positive change in their respective communities.
On October 18-19, the Center for Community Investment convened the opening seminar for the inaugural class of Fulcrum Fellows in Washington, DC. During the 15-month Fellowship, the Center will work with twelve established leaders to build their skills in areas such as adaptive leadership and collaboration, broaden their vision, strengthen their networks, and sharpen their ability to advance strategies that overcome barriers to investment, making communities healthier and more sustainable.
With backgrounds in health, climate resilience, community development, urban planning, and community investment, each Fellow enters the program having identified a challenge that is significant to their organization, role, and community.
The first session, titled “Launching Together: Key Frameworks and Results” was designed for participants to gain fluency in the Center’s capital absorption framework, define a solid 100-day plan, and make action commitments to drive their work forward.
Fellows got right to work, sharing their challenge with their peers and providing/receiving feedback. In addition to refining their challenge, Fellows completed exercises to develop their self-awareness, reflect on their personal and professional values, and sharpen their understanding of equity, community investment, and adaptive leadership. Throughout the seminar, Fellows were encouraged by seminar facilitator – Marian Urquilla, CCI co-founder – to expand their view of the possible and focus on results.
The Fulcrum Fellows will convene again December 12-14 in Oakland, CA to refine their challenges and explore how they relate to a larger systems frame. To learn more about the Fulcrum Fellows, read their bios. To stay updated on the Fellowship and all else CCI, follow us on Twitter @C4Cinvest.