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Beyond Grey Pinstripes
Community Building for Managers (2009)
Many managers and planners find themselves making community a central feature of their mission. Community can be a mission in and of itself or community might be seen as a way to achieve other outcomes, such as a deeper reach in social service delivery. Community building has also emerged as an important approach to rebuilding urban and rural communities through comprehensive strategies. This movement of civil society organizations working in partnership with donors and local policymakers uses a bottom-up approach to create an economic base, reduce poverty and improve the well-being of citizens in particular places. Clearly, effective community building takes place in different sectors and turns on a complex set of community-building skills. Learning from these experiences, and reviewing the context that has given rise to the call for community in so many settings, is the purpose of this course.