“During imminent civil unrest, what are the most pressing issues community leaders face as they consider how to support their communities?”
Divided Community Project leaders often field this question as they work with community leaders from across the country to plan in advance of civil unrest. Although DCP Steering Committee member Andrew Thomas can reflect on his experience supporting the community of Sanford, Florida navigating the Trayvon Martin tragedy (without violence or arrest) and DCP Director Grande Lum can share his experience working with communities facing crisis during his time at the helm of the Community Relations Service, our oral illustrations left participants wanting more.
Today, the project is pleased to announce the release of the “Midland Simulation: A Table-Top Exercise on Leadership During Community Division and Civil Unrest.” The Midland Simulation is designed to test the preparation of participants to lead during a crisis involving community division and to help them appreciate the value of preparing ahead of a crisis, especially in an era of increasingly instantaneous communication. Leading in this context incorporates addressing both community concerns and maintaining safety. Prepared by Jackie Fisher and the Divided Community Project, it raises issues regarding use of outside experts, identification of stakeholders, communication strategies in traditional and social media, setting the groundwork for collaborative processes to create real change, framing the issues facing the community, and planning ahead of civil unrest.