Community Resources from Community-Support Organizations
See also: Community Co-Intelligence
The International Healthy
Cities Foundation covers a surprising range of of issues in
empowering, democratic ways by simply asking what it takes to make
a healthy community.
Tyler Norris has some
great articles and links, as well as offering their own resources
and services to communties. His old Community
Initiatives site is under new management and is not currently
(5/08) operational -- but stay tuned...
Civic Practices Network -- "a
learning collaborative for civic renewal" -- offers many co-intelligent
articles and resources.
Communities of Opportunity - the online manuscript of an
excellent book, THE BASKETMAKER: HELPING PEOPLE CREATE COMMUNITIES
OF OPPORTUNITY: A guide for Services & Family Self-Sufficiency
Coordinators, and leaders working to strengthen their communities
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community
Partnership Toolkit for building and maintaining partnerships
to strengthen communities describes ten partnership building
tools and highlights how these tools were used in ten communities.
The National Civic League offers a changing selection of good online
publications currently including the Community
Visioning and Strategic Planning Handbook. (pdf)
for Community Support and Research - Wichita State University
- many know-how resources for communities
Study Circle on building
Self-organizing community networks
- a variety of novel neighborhood organizing methods that grew
out of Y2K community preparation work.
There are ways in which telecommunications technology can
enhance democracy, an approach called teledemocracy. One experiment
in a small town is described in E-Democracy
Thrives in Winona, Minnesota.
Holistic Management Allan
Savory's step by step process for holistic decision-making. See
also Natural Capitalism
... and New Rules -- THE
site for local economics.
builds relationships to make real progress on increasingly contentious
community issues, replacing stereotyped us-vs-them stories with
a belief in the possibility of shared exploration and shared
Principles of Public Participation
- Lists of guidelines from The International Association for Public
Participation, The Community Development Society and the Co-Intelligence
Building Capacity to Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Processes and
Social Learning -- including 14 methodologies, 34 process tools,
and facilitation manuals.
Resources for community
Sustainability, Self-Reliance and Resilience
- Creating Community Anywhere by Carolyn Shaffer
and Kristin Anundsen (Tarcher/Perigree, 1993). "The most
comprehensive book I know of about the community movement."
-- M. Scott Peck. Building community with friends, family, support
groups, neighborhoods, co-workers, cyber-companions, shared households
and visionary communities. Excellent guidance on conflict, decision-making,
celebrations, communication and dealing with community evolution
and "shadow side."
- The Basketmaker: Helping People Create Communities of
Opportunity, ed. by Michael Patterson, et. al. (available
A fascinating mix of vision, inspiration, how-to's, references
and stories, especially targetted for people working with disadvantaged
communities, but powerfully useful to all of us.
- The Quickening of America: Rebuilding
our Nation, Remaking our Lives by Frances Moore Lappé
and Paul Du Bois (Jossey-Bass, 1994). Powerful examples and new
theory about how Americans are "doing democracy."
- Reworking Success by Robert Theobald (New
Society, 1997). An accessible re-examination of how to make communities
and societies work better in the 21st Century.
- Building Communities from the Inside Out:
A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight (Center for Urban Affairs
and Policy Research, 1993; $15 from ACTA Publications  397-2282).
The manual for asset-based community development.
- The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of
American Society by Amitai Etzioni (Touchstone/Simon &
Schuster, 1993). The kick-off of the communitarian movement.
- The Power in our Hands: Neighborhood-Based
World Shaking by Tony Gibson (Jon Carpenter, UK,1996). How-tos
and stories for those who want to make a creative difference in
- Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities
in a Global Age by Michael H. Shuman (The Free Press, 1998).
The title says it.
- Self-Reliant Cities by David Morris (Sierra Club
Books,1982). The classic visionary text on the relationships of
American cities to energy. This and many other books on that topic
can be found at http://www.ilsr.org/pubs/pubbroch.html
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