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National Civic Review, Volume 90, No. 4, Winter 2001: The American Communities Movement

National Civic Review, Volume 90, No. 4, Winter 2001: The American Communities Movement

Robert Loper

ISBN: 978-0-787-95821-3

Feb 2002, Jossey-Bass

106 pages

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Events of the new decade have encouraged democratic societies like ours to think more deeply about the kind of society we want to create and about how we can improve our efforts to do so. This issue focuses on some of the most interesting work being done in the American Communities Movement today and contains articles by leading practitioners on the promise heralded by convergence in tools, values, and practices. It examines the ideas that emerged from a series of dialogues on community reform organized by the National Civic League and the Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities. Chapters provide models from active programs in community-level reform from a variety of cities and municipalities. The obstacles and opportunities encountered in a community improvement project are viewed through the lens of the Jacksonville Community Council Inc and their experiences. A new model for human service delivery, developed by the Human Service Planning Alliance in Des Moines, demonstrates that well-time and well-targeted social investments produce significant positive returns. It also provides a perspective on the ongoing debate over the changing role of government, the significance of the new public service, and the enduring importance of democratic values.
NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT (Christopher T. Gates).

The American Communities Movement (John T. Kesler, Drew O?Connor).

Civic Gemstones: The Emergent Communities Movement (Tyler Norris).

Linking Civic Engagement and Community Improvement: A Practitioner Perspective on the Communities Movement (David Swain).

Investment-Based Business Plans for Human Service Delivery: A New Model Takes Shape in Des Moines, Iowa (Becky Miles-Polka).

Community Indicators: Past, Present, and Future (Randa Gahin, Chris Paterson).

Healthy Communities: Beyond Civic Virtue (Ken Jones, Jennifer Colby).

Citizen Participation and Democracy: Examples in Science and Technology (Jill Chopyak).

Sustainable Communities and the Future of Community Movements (Susan F. Boyd).

The New Public Service: Putting Democracy First (Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt).