LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Instead of focusing on a community's needs, deficiencies and problems, there are community development approaches that help communities become stronger and more self-reliant by placing control of the process in the hands of its citizens. This approach identifies, maps and mobilizes local assets.
IT IS A "GLASS IS HALF FULL APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT" ...... AND THERIN LIES THE METHODOLOGY PROPOSED FOR PURSUING DEVELOPMENT THAT IS AT THE HEART OF THIS BLOG!
Few people realize how many assets any community has:
* the skills of its citizens, from youth to disabled people, from thriving professionals to starving artists;
* the dedication of its citizens' associations -- churches, culture groups, clubs, neighborhood associations ;
* the resources of its formal institutions -- businesses, schools, libraries, community colleges, hospitals, parks, social service agencies; and,
* the natural resources and locational advantages of the communities themselves.
AND... THAT IS WHERE WE BEGIN.....
BUT BEFORE WE DO.....