Ordinary people, community leaders, and even organizations and corporations still do not fully comprehend the interconnected, “big picture” dynamics of sustainability theory and action. In exploring means to become more sustainable, individuals and groups need a reference in which to frame discussions so they will be relevant, educational, and successful when implemented. This book puts ideas on sustainable communities into a conceptual framework that will promote striking, transformational effects on decision-making. In this book practitioners and community leaders will find effective, comprehensive tools and resources at their finger-tips to facilitate sustainable community development (SCD). The book content examines a diverse range of SCD methods; assessing community needs and resources; creating community visions; promoting stakeholder interest and participation; analyzing community problems; designing and facilitating strategic planning; carrying out interventions to improve
Acknowledgements.- Preface.- Foreword.- Chapter 1 – Introduction.- Chapter 2 – Basics of Sustainable Development.- Chapter 3 – Operationalizing Sustainability in Community Development.- Chapter 4 – System Thinking in Community Development.- Chapter 5 – Evaluating Community Knowledge Assets and Resources.- Chapter 6 – Understanding the Community Context.- Chapter 7 – Promoting Stakeholder Interest & Involvement.- Chapter 8 – Building Capacity for Community Change.- Chapter 9 – Creating a Community Vision.- Chapter 10 – Analyzing Community Problems & Defining Objectives.-Chapter 11 – Developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan.- Chapter 12 – Evaluating Community Improvement.- Chapter 13 – Sustainability and Governance.- Chapter 14 – Key Community Issues for Change.- Chapter 15 – Case Study Examples of SCD.- Chapter 16 – Financial Sources for Sustainability Actions.- Chapter 17 – Final Thoughts.- Index
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