Field-Building Initiative

The National Field-Building Initiative (NFBI) aims to advance the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education, and community engagement and social innovation networks.

Field-building includes:

  1. Cultivating and curating public narrative about the work of community engagement and social innovation.

  2. Work toward common frameworks of understanding across networks, organizations, scholars, and practitioners in community engagement and social innovation.

  3. Facilitating and participating in collaborative efforts across community engagement constituencies.  

The Swearer Center intentionally cultivates synergies between advancing community engagement and social innovation at Brown University and advancing community engagement and social innovation nationally and internationally. The NFBI works toward participatory field-building and identifies exemplary community engagement to make visible as models.  

Our partners include the Carnegie Foundation, the Siena College Research Institute, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

As part of the NFBI, the Swearer Center serves as the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification, is a co-host of the National Assessment for Service and Community Engagement (NASCE), and the research and administrative home of the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.