Building Belonging in Rockford, Illinois

On October 22 and 23, 2020, Director john a. powell spoke to members of the communities of Rockford and DeKalb, Illinois, in events organized by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Northern Illinois University. Both communities have an interest in becoming “belonging cities” and the conversation focused on strategies to strengthen connections and bridges between social groups. Dr. powell discussed the differences between inclusion and belonging, the importance of being able to co-create institutions and social organizations, and ways that each community can bridge its specific social divisions toward greater cohesion and togetherness.