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The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a coalition of organizations from all sectors which are committed to supporting communities becoming safer, cleaner and healthier places to live and work. The NEN is honored to have Neighborland join this illustrious group.

Born in the communities of New Orleans as they work together to rebuild their great City, Neighborland is now ready to bring its clean and simple platform for local idea generation to San Francisco.

Over the last few months Dan Parham, founder of Neighborland, had been working with the NEN team to learn more about culture of our neighborhoods and how they share and build community around great ideas. With this input they have already begun to fine tune the site in an effort to meaningfully contribute to the work of our community leaders. In the coming weeks we hope to announce several projects that Neighborland will be supporting our communities’ efforts.

For now, visit their site – post an idea and share with your neighbors what you want in your neighborhood.

If you would like to learn more, here is a recent article on Neighborland from NPR.




The NEN is proud to announce the release of Resilientville, a brand new group exercise that helps communities see the power, and long term benefits, of inclusive decision making at the neighborhood level.

Created by working group comprising of the City Administrator’s Office, the Dept. of Emergency Management and San Francisco State’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Resilientville builds on the themes of FEMA’s “Whole Community Approach”, by offering a fun interactive exercise that people can easily participate in and learn valuable lessons.

So visit the online home for Resilientville, check out the testimonials and then download the exercise for yourself. If you’d like to run the exercise in your community, just drop us a line and we’ll help you make it happen.



The Neighborhood Empowerment Network enters into a Strategic Partnership with the Bay Area Red Cross.

At the core of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s values is the belief that neighborhoods which are well organized and rich with the capacity to steward themselves are optimally positioned to both respond and recover from any size natural disaster. For the last three years the NEN’s member organizations have been working in communities across the City identifying ways to actively support local communities as they work to achieve true resilience.The Bay Area Red Crossis equally committed to the same goal and for over one hundred years it has been working with residents, and their communities, in both good times and bad. Last year the Bay Area Red Cross launched the Ready Neighborhood initiative, a regional effort to help advance the resilience of fifty at risk communities in every corner of the Bay Area.

 Upon the first anniversary of this program, the Bay Area Red Cross and the

Neighborhood Empowerment Network are proud to announce a new strategic partnership.  This partnership will streamline participating communities access to the tools, resources and methods being developed with in the NEN’s Empowered Communities Program.

The goal is to support communities as they work to not only achieve the capacity to support themselves during the hours, days and weeks after a disaster but to also help them develop the skills and relationships to ensure a swift and successful recovery.

The NEN is honored to be collaborating with the Bay Area Red Cross and we look forward to building a whole new suite of programs for the communities of the San Francisco Bay Area to leverage in the decades to come.

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