What We Do

WHAT WE DO & HOW WE DO IT

Learn about our change model and how we put into practice.

THEORY OF CHANGE

THE MOSAIC MODEL: ADDRESSING URBAN POVERTY HOLISTICALLY

Many organizations use a piecemeal approach to addressing poverty because they lack a clear definition of poverty. In our case, our change model is founded in five core beliefs about the nature of urban poverty.

With a clear definition of the challenge and a theory of transformational change, we have developed the necessary interventions in five key focus areas to see this change take place.

The core that drives our five focus areas is developing local leaders. This allows us to work towards sustainable, long-lasting, scalable transformation in each of the areas described below.

OUR FIVE CORE BELIEFS

Our Change Process

Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Our change model unfolds in five phases and responds directly to five of the core beliefs about urban poverty using the interventions described below. This reproducible model is adaptable to the assets and challenges of each unique community and is built upon our core value of developing local leaders. At any given time, we are at work in multiple communities which may be in different phases of this process.

Check out our video that describes the full change model in action.

Phase 1: IDENTIFY RECEPTIVE COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL LEADERS

Before entering a new community, we conduct an assessment of community needs, assets, cultural context and risks. Over a one year period, we have conversations with hundreds of residents to determine whether there is sufficient local desire to see change.

Phase 2: BUILD AND STRENGTHEN LOCAL PEOPLE AND STRUCTURES

After a community has been selected, we begin our foundational work of identifying and equipping local leaders by building civil structures to lead community change. We look to develop leaders with spiritual vision, community-wide commitment and creative problem-solving skills.

Phase 3: CO-CREATE SOLUTIONS ADDRESSING HOLISTIC AREAS OF NEED

In partnership with local leaders, we establish citizen committees to identify community needs and co-create holistic solutions. These committees build social cohesion and allow for the creation and strengthening of local faith communities.

Phase 4: INTENTIONALLY DEEPEN CHANGE THROUGH BROAD-BASED ORGANIZING

As local committees build trust and momentum with short term projects, we unite community-minded leaders into action-oriented coalitions that can envision and carry out long-range, community-wide solutions.

Phase 5: CREATE SUSTAINABLE, LASTING CHANGE THROUGH REPRODUCTION & MULTIPLICATION

In the final phase, the local leaders developed in phases 1-4 will train others and replicate this model in new communities.

Our Change Initiatives

In order to see true transformation take place, our holistic method employs a variety of initiatives aimed at addressing the roots of urban poverty. When working in concert, these initiatives catalyze the beginnings of long term community transformation. 

Combining the best practices of civil society, businesses and nonprofits, we adapt our change model to the needs and interests of each community in which we work.

Below, read more about our specific projects and how they work toward the integral transformation of urban poor communities.

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