Setting the Stage for Sustainabilty: A Citizen's Handbook

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CRC Press, May 14, 1998 - Nature - 304 pages
As humans, we make choices. With change as a constant, we are continually presented with a number of choices, and we must choose. The change represented by the divergence of humanity from the rest of the world is rapidly growing, and in need of transformation. Setting the Stage for Sustainable Community Development is a guide for that transformation, which can help to create a sense of "place" where it did not previously exist.
This invaluable text looks at resolving environmental conflicts through a "transformative" rather than a "problem-solving" approach. The transformative approach emphasizes the capacity of facilitation for personal growth. The text analyzes good and bad institutionalized social patterns in an ecological sense. The authors believe that through positive thinking and the willingness to take risks, we can become creative forces in our communities and in the world.
 

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Contents

The Concept of Community
11
Resolving Conflicts
23
Communication
31
The Basic Elements of Communication
35
Language
50
Introduced
59
Identifying Our World View
67
The Language of Common Economic Concepts
83
Human Relationships Are the Social Glue of a Community
123
Social Governance
147
The Gateway to a Communitys Future
175
Perception
189
Crafting a Vision and Goals
197
Preparing to Implement Sustainable Community
203
Endnotes
265
Copyright

Distribution Is the Key to Economic Sustainability
109

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