poverty reduction, community capacity, community change
The field of community coaching is alive with possibilities and opportunities!
Ken Cohen, a former Horizons coach in Idaho, defines community coaching as, “an adaptive process tailored to unique community contexts to guide systemic change via participant empowerment.” A simpler definition used by many is “a community coach is a guide who supports communities and organizations in identifying and achieving their goals.”
This field guide to coaching provides an introduction to both the concept and the practice of coaching for community change, along with tips, tales and tools designed to assist practitioners in successfully integrating coaching into their work. The guide has benefited from contributions from many coaches working in a variety of coaching settings as well as funders of coaching work. We are very grateful to them for their willingness to share their successes as well as their advice and resources.
South Dakota State University
© 2011 The Authors
Emery, Mary; Hubbell, Ken; and Polka, Becky Miles, "A Field Guide to Community Coaching" (2021). Sociology Guidebooks. 8.