Welcome to elevation

Creating community innovation

If you are interested in using the power of innovation to help people in your community, elevation is for you. 

elevation is a virtual learning network for people interested in community innovation

By community innovation we mean working together to improve community services and supports in ways that help people thrive.  

We welcome members from all sectors interested in community innovation, including civic organizations, community development, education, health care, housing, human services, philanthropy, parks and recreation, public health, public safety,  transportation, and beyond.

 Inside elevation you will find:

  • Ideas. Hundreds of creative ideas for community innovation.
  • Resources. Practical learning resources for creative thinking, collaborative leadership, and community-centered design.
  • Support. Practical strategy coaching to help you apply what you are learning in your daily work.

If you are interested in using the power of innovation to help people in your community, elevation is for you. We have no fees, no ads, no spamming, and we don’t sell member information. We’re just here to help each other be great at getting better.  Please join us!


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The community innovation model

Within elevation we use the community innovation model as a framework for leading community change. There are three fundamentals required to create community innovation in any given setting. 

  • Creative thinking is required to develop creative solutions to community challenges.
  • Collaborative leadership is required to engage key partners and mobilize resources for change.
  • Community-centered design is required to assure that improvements are designed to work at the local community level.

These three fundamentals are essential for creating better community systems, services, and supports, with the aim of assuring opportunity for all community residents.

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The idea stream

Our idea stream provides hundreds of ideas for community innovation to spark your thinking about possibilities in your own community.

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Leadership learning

Enhance your vision and skills through quick courses on community innovation, creative thinking, collaborative leadership, and community-centered design.

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Strategy coaching

The CHS team brings decades of experience to help you apply what you are learning to lead and support innovation in your own community.  Schedule a strategy chat at any time!

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Make a difference for your community

One of the best things about community innovation is you don't need a particular title or credential to get involved.  Whether you are a student or a CEO, a community volunteer or a program manager, a clinician or  support team member, you can make a difference for your community. 

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elevation is powered by Community Health Solutions as a free public service.  If you have any questions or suggestions for improving elevation, please let me know.

Steve Horan | Community Health Solutions | 804.673.0166 | [email protected]