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

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Wiley, Mar 18, 2004 - Architecture - 256 pages
"Smart Communities is for policymakers and citizens alike who care about their communities and have been looking for help in making better community decisions. Smart communities do things differently and Suzanne Morse shows how they do it. It is a valuable contribution to our future."
Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and CEO, National Urban League

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 the citizens of their communities. 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

This important resource is a unique contribution to the literature and offers community leaders the information they need to build a civic infrastructure and to create community readiness that will help avert problems before they begin.

Smart Communities offers hope to those who are striving to improve their communities and addresses vital issues such as poverty, race relations, and children’s health and welfare.

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Investing Right the First Time
Working Together
Building on Community Strengths

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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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