Changemakers Action

We are building and sharing tools to help people interested in this way of working to get started and see where their work might fit into existing models. Look across this website to find a range of stories and methodology.

What is place-based social change?

A place-based approach brings together citizens in a place to address the complex needs of communities by harnessing the vision, resources and opportunities in each community.

Place-based approaches are long term, collaborative efforts which give power to the community in guiding systemic change, and contribute to a cycle of learning about investment and impact.

Place-based approaches focus the change work in geographical areas. These are likely to, but don’t have to, align with local government . It resonates with a First Nation’s identity defined by relationship to place with all the associated ongoing responsibilities. It also aligns with an increasing interest in localism, as a meaningful way to mitigate Climate Change and the deepening ecological emergency.

What is Community-Led Development?

Community-led Development (CLD) is the process of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. It is a planning and development approach that’s based on a set of core principles that (at a minimum) set vision and priorities by the people who live in that geographic community, put local voices in the lead, build on local strengths (rather than focus on problems), collaborate across sectors, is intentional and adaptable, and works to achieve systemic change rather than short-term projects.


What is Community-Led Decision-Making?

Community-led approaches reverse this by assigning the decision-making power to communities. However, this power will be meaningful only if communities have sufficient room or decision-making space to choose which harms to address, which actions to take, and to work according to their own timetable and process.

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