Local Adaptation

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Beam me down, Scotty! This final installment of the "Insiders' Guides to Community Renewal" details the attributes of the creative, inclusive, and sustainable community - the goal of community...
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For a community to thrive, 10 tasks are essential - not 2, not 3, but 10. Like the positions on a ball team, each needs to be carried out with skill, oomph, and in close co-ordination with the rest....
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Why is it that some communities are going bust, while others are booming? This is a look the economic "treatments" commonly prescribed to distressed communities: corporate recruitment, government...
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This is a 10-level grid that communities in B.C.'s southern interior have been using to rough out their current capacity for revitalization and the stages by which they might increase that capacity....
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The first installment of the "Insiders' Guides To Community Renewal," "The Root of the Matter" supplies a brief historical context to the separation of economic decision-making from social relations...
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"When I use a word," says Humpty Dumpty to Alice, "it means just what I choose it to mean." That sort of liberty plays havoc if people are to use "results," "indicators," "benchmarks," and other...
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What's the venue for your use of indicators? A social enterprise? A development corporation? A community-wide revitalization strategy? As two outstanding U.S. projects demonstrate (one from the...
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To judge the effectiveness of a project or program fairly, says Mark Friedman of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute (Sante Fe, Ca.), we have to track its performance on the one hand, and on the...
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Indicators are complicated and sensitive instruments, no question. So whenever they get applied to community development, there is a trade-off between technical standards and local engagement. Often...
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If practitioners of ordinary means (in terms of time, talent, and money) can't use it, it is unlikely to be a Best Practice. Rather, it may just be CED's answer to the Ferrari, and relevant only to...