Thursday, June 19, 2008

SOME RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING

BOOKS BY MARGARET WHEATLEY, INCLUDING:

Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time


Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

A Simpler Way

Margaret is a woman who has been teaching, writing, speak about, and practicing the art of community-building with an emphasis on “radically new practices and ideas for organizing in chaotic times.”

BOOKS ON AMAZON.COM ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITY

MEETUP.COM is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES, which offers these trainings:

How to Turn a Place Around is an introduction to the Placemaking principles and process. The two-day workshop is held twice a year in New York City, and is geared toward a broad spectrum of professionals and community activists

An introduction to developing and maintaining successful public markets, How to Create Successful Markets, is also offered twice a year, in New York City or a host city. Tours of public markets and interviews with market managers are essential elements of the course. The course builds upon the work PPS does around the world in creating public markets as a catalyst for social and economic change

Streets as Places is a two-day training seminar held in New York City three to four times a year. The course introduces participants to new ways of thinking about streets as public spaces and shows how Placemaking can build great streets and great communities. Streets as Places features a walking tour of recent street improvement projects in NYC, an on-site Placemaking street audit, and open discussions about current transportation issues and challenges.
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