How can a community learn from its civic projects and build on them? Does it retain knowledge and build relationships, or does it watch good ideas make a splash and evaporate?
Behind many great civic projects is a mixture of unlikely relationships and creativity. You can do some things to make the magic happen. But you also need a little luck.
If community leadership programs want to go from good to great, there’s a way. It involves keeping their graduates engaged in learning and taking on a third level of leadership training.
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.