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Four Attributes that Motivate People to Create Change in their Neighbourhood

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

July 2021

Our neighbourhoods matter to us. They sustain, fuel, and care for us. And of course, we want to give back in meaningful ways, especially when we notice issues that can be changed. So, how do we motivate people to create that change in their neighbourhoods? How do we motivate ourselves?

In our evaluation of the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program, we saw leadership patterns that contributed to success. From our interviews with 16 project leaders from across British Columbia, we identified four attributes to look for and nurture when seeking change-making leaders.