Smart Communities

Smart Communities

How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build A Brighter Future

Book - 2004
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Based on the results of more than a decade of research by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Smart Communities provides directions for strategic decision-making and outlines the key strategies used by thousands of leaders who have worked to create successful communities. Smart Communities offers leaders from both the public and private sectors the tools they need to create a better future for all the community's citizens. Using illustrative examples from communities around the country, Smart Communities shows how these change agents' well-structured decision-making processes can be traced to their effective use of seven key leverage points:
  • Investing right the first time
  • Working together
  • Building on community strengths
  • Practicing democracy
  • Preserving the past
  • Growing leaders
  • Inventing a brighter future

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Synthesizing research conducted by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, of which she is executive director, Morse identifies seven "leverage points" for building strong communities. In her words, these are: investing right, working together, building on community strengths, practicing democracy, preserving the past, growing leaders, and inventing a brighter future. She devotes a chapter to each, describing the definitions of each "leverage point" and including case study material drawn from the research project to illustrate each "leverage point" in action. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780787965167
Characteristics: xxi, 234 p. ; 24 cm


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