A new book offers the remarkable history of America’s most enduring local volunteer institution, the chamber of commerce.
What connects a civic project as it works through the community change process is the group that maps its strategies, finding answers and allies. This is the guiding coalition, and it changes as the project advances. Here’s how.
There’s another book that defied conventional wisdom about cities and expanded the possibilities of community development. And this one wasn’t written by Jane Jacobs.
In the past, we’ve depended on the few to lead us. Now we must depend on the many. The key to making broad-based community leadership work is to teach more people the skills of small-p politics.