224 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
This book is a revision of the author’s original doctoral thesis on emergency preparedness through community radio in North Indian villages into a widening array of possible reapplications in other community development fields.
The author expands on the process of transforming emergency preparedness education through community media in rural North India and applies this to the development of community-prosperity, defined simply as human and planetary well-being, anywhere in the world. A new theoretical framework is presented which combines the pivotal Integral Worlds Approach developed by Lessem and Schieffer with Critical Theory, thus exploring a new way to envision and implement social change, leading to innovation and social transformation.
This book introduces the term "constructive resilience", which is a type of community-building that occurs alongside dominant societal structures that are either oppressive or ineffective. An evolving field of study and practice, it is emerging from the work of academics and community-builders who are members of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’í "consultation," a process of inquiry and decision-making, is offered as a systematic and effective method of defining problems and enacting solutions and is examined in the context of emergency preparedness education and local capacity-building.
With its integral development approach, its unique combination of themes and theoretical components and integration with the Bahá’í Faith, as well as its interdisciplinary nature, this book will be invaluable reading for researchers in many fields. It will be of particular interest in university-based training programs in disaster management and the various disciplines of international community development, as well as practitioners in the areas of micro enterprise, disaster management, community development, rural communications, rural economics, and emergency preparedness education.
Chapter 1. Constructing Resilience: From Preparing for Emergencies to Community Economic Sustainability Section I. My Inner and Outer Call: The Subjective Calling and the Objective Challenge Chapter 2. An Unlikely Story: My Subjective Inner Calling and Burning Desire Chapter 3. Defining the Objective Problem – Disasters: A Challenge for India, Humanity, and the Planet Section II. Exploring the Context – Introducing Uttarakhand
Chapter 4. The Context: Exploring Uttarakhand: "The Land of the Gods" Section III. Co-Creating for Resilience: Transformation Through Participatory Research Chapter 5. Co-Creating Together: Gaining Knowledge Through Telling Stories Chapter 6. What Goes Wrong and What Goes Right: Correcting the Impediments to Community Cohesion and Resilience Analyzing Imbalances in Theory and Practice in India and Beyond Chapter 7. How the Research was Done: Reflections and New Applications Section IV. Contributing to Transformation: From Learning About Emergencies to Developing Constructive Resilience
Chapter 8. Transformational Innovation: The Contribution of the Uttarakhand Research to Community Resilience Chapter 9. From Theory to Action: Creating Constructive Resilience Through Reawakening Community Consciousness Chapter 10. Implementing Constructive Resilience: Co-creating Community Prosperity