Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future
March 2004, Jossey-Bass
- Investing right the first time
- Working together
- Building on community strengths
- Practicing democracy
- Preserving the past
- Growing leaders
- Inventing a brighter future
1. Setting the Stage for Community Change.
2. Investing Right the First Time.
3. Working Together.
4. Building on Community Strengths.
5. Practicing Democracy.
6. Preserving the Past.
7. Growing Leaders.
8. Inventing a Brighter Future.
- Brings unique solutions-based approach to community building, rather than focusing on symptoms.
- Topics include effective public outreach, investment strategies, the importance of facing racism and poverty, strategic planning and benchmarking, the role of the media in fostering communication and the importance of encouraging leadership in all parts of the community.
Janice C. Kreamer, president and CEO, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
“Innovation and entrepreneurship have always been the driving forces behind the success of U.S. commerce and industry. Smart Communities clearly demonstrates with real and compelling examples that these same forces are just as important in the public and nonprofit sectors and are making a difference in communities all over America.”
Michael Rubinger, president, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
“Everyone who is working to bring about positive change in their communities, from college presidents to next-door neighbors, will be grateful that Suzanne Morse is sharing her vast experience in community building in this highly readable and helpful book. It provides a roadmap for any community, large or small, that wants to create a better future by working togeth er for effective change.”
Elizabeth L. Hollander, executive director, Campus Compact
“Using the insight gained from having a ‘front row seat watching community change,’ Suzanne Morse has distilled those observations into a strategy for success. Her practical formula builds upon the good that exists in communities now to help them transform their neighborhoods and the nation—with principles, planning, and perseverance.”
Angela Glover Blackwell, president, PolicyLink, and coauthor, Searching for the Uncommon Good
“Rare is the book which weaves civic stories with wise counsel about what we must do to foster communities that present and future generations will respect and hold dear. This book speaks to the aspirations of all American citizens who lead, volunteer, and give in the places they live.”
Gregg Behr, president, The Forbes Funds, and founding director, The Content of Our Character Project
“The book is a Matisse drawing of communities¾fresh, concise, and very, very timely.”
Frieda Garcia, former president, United South End Settlements