• Bliss Browne

    Founder, Imagine Chicago

    (The Rev.) Bliss Williams Browne is founder and president of Imagine Chicago, an Episcopal priest and a former Division Head of the First National Bank of Chicago, where she was a corporate banker from 1975-1991. Her civic leadership positions in Chicago have included serving as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the MidAmerica Leadership Foundation and the Chicago Ethics Coalition; as Trustee of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club; and as a board member of Public Allies, Archeworks, the Chicago Children's Choir, the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative. She served on the Community Advisory boards of the Field Museum and the Chicago Historical Society, the Alumni Council of Harvard Divinity School, and the Illinois Governor's Public-Private Child Care Council. She was among the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal church (1977), and the first female priest to preach at Westminster Abbey (1979). She has served in voluntary parish ministry for 40+ years. Bliss was a member of the Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, convened by Robert Putnam at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, that drew together national innovators in developing social capital. She now lives in Florida where she serves as Chairman of the board of Helping People Succeed. A mother of three grown children, she is an eager playmate for her five young granddaughters.

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    • 11:45 - 12:30 Citizen Leadership – Erfaringer med borgere, der går forrest
      Everyone has dreams of a better community. How can one engage local citizens in imagining and planning sustainable community innovations that improve the quality of life in their neighborhood? How can local residents develop projects to create what they see as valuable to the community, and which build on community assets they have identified? Why does it matter to do so? How can collaborators outside the community build empowering relationships with citizen leaders?

      Bliss Browne will share stories from her experience of how citizen leadership can inspire whole community change—and the strength based communications and organizing practices that encourage such change.
    • 13:15 - 14:30 Workshop 9A - Frameworks for Empowering Community Innovation and Learning
      Imagine Chicago’s Community Innovation Guide is a framework for planning imaginative projects to develop a community. It is a series of strength-based planning tools for citizen led community change. This workshop will share the outlines included in this innovation guide as a proven process for engaging and empowering grass roots learning communities.  

       
      15:15 - 16:30 Workshop 9B - Frameworks for Empowering Community Innovation and Learning
      Imagine Chicago’s Community Innovation Guide is a framework for planning imaginative projects to develop a community. It is a series of strength-based planning tools for citizen led community change. This workshop will share the outlines included in this innovation guide as a proven process for engaging and empowering grass roots learning communities. 
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