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Setting the Stage for Sustainabilty

A Citizen's Handbook, 1st Edition

By Chris Maser, Charles R. Beaton, Kevin M. Smith

CRC Press

304 pages

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Paperback: 9781574441871
pub: 1998-05-14
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As humans, we make choices. With change as a constant, we are continually presented with a number of choices, and we must choose. The change represented by the divergence of humanity from the rest of the world is rapidly growing, and in need of transformation. Setting the Stage for Sustainable Community Development is a guide for that transformation, which can help to create a sense of "place" where it did not previously exist.

This invaluable text looks at resolving environmental conflicts through a "transformative" rather than a "problem-solving" approach. The transformative approach emphasizes the capacity of facilitation for personal growth. The text analyzes good and bad institutionalized social patterns in an ecological sense. The authors believe that through positive thinking and the willingness to take risks, we can become creative forces in our communities and in the world.

Table of Contents


  • Returning Home

  • The Concept of Community

    True Community is Founded on a Sense of Place, History, and Trust

    Local Community Under Stress

    Shades of Community, A Lesson from Birds

    The Existence of Community Depends on How We Treat One Another

  • Resolving Conflicts

    Social/Environmental Sustainability and Conflict

    Can Destructive Conflicts be Resolved?

    Resolving Destructive Environmental Conflict

    Facilitation at the Crossroad

    Compromise and the Point of Balance

    A Curriculum of Compassion and Justice

  • Communication

    Language as a Tool

    Silence and the Need to be Heard

    The Basic Elements of Communication

    Barriers to Communication

    Good Communication

  • Beginning to Think About Economics and Sustainability

    Understanding Some Economic Concepts

    Identifying Our World View

    Economic Growth from the Planetary Scale to the Personal

  • The Language of Common Economic Concepts

    The General Role of Semantics

    The Terms

  • Distribution is the Key to Economic Sustainability

    An Economy in a Nutshell

    Economic Feasibility

  • Human Relationships are the Social Glue of a Community



    Between People and the Environment

    Between People in the Present and those of the Future

  • Social Governance

    Democracy as the Context for Social Relationships

    The Role of Democratic Government

  • A Shared Vision - The Gateway to a Community's Future

    Through the Eyes of an Insect

    Questions We Need to Ask

    Visions, Goals, and Objectives

  • Preparing to Implement Sustainable Community

    What are Some of the Questions that Need Asking as We Prepare to Embark on Our Journey Toward Sustainable Community Development?

    What Sources of Energy are Available to Our Community?

    What Social Capital is Available within Our Community?

    How Can Specialties be Sustainably Fit into a General Community?

    What is Necessary to Build a Community in an Intelligent, Moral Way?

    When is Enough, Enough?

    Are the Consequences of our Decisions Reversible, and if so, to What Degree?

    How Will the Things we Want to Introduce into Our Community's Environment Affect Its Future?

    How Much Waste can we Convert into Food for Microorganisms?

    Will Planning Benefit us as a Community?

    Why Monitor for Sustainability?

    Summary and Conclusion


  • About the Series

    Sustainable Community Development

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    LAW / Environmental
    NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection