Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 30, 2009 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Based on the results of more than a decade of research by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Smart Communities provides directions for strategic decision-making and outlines the key strategies used by thousands of leaders who have worked to create successful communities. Smart Communities offers leaders from both the public and private sectors the tools they need to create a better future for all the community's citizens. Using illustrative examples from communities around the country, Smart Communities shows how these change agents' well-structured decision-making processes can be traced to their effective use of seven key leverage points:
  • Investing right the first time
  • Working together
  • Building on community strengths
  • Practicing democracy
  • Preserving the past
  • Growing leaders
  • Inventing a brighter future
 

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Contents

How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 1 Setting the Stage for Community Change
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 2 Investing Right the First Time
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 3 Working Together
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 4 Building on Community Strengths
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 5 Practicing Democracy
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 6 Preserving the Past
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 7 Growing Leaders
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Chapter 8 Inventing a Brighter Future
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future References
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How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future Index
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Suzanne W. Morse is the executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, a civic research organization that identifies and disseminates solutions for the nation's toughest challenges. She is a fellow at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.

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