Power of Collaborative Solutions Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Healthy Communities

ISBN-10: 0470490845

ISBN-13: 9780470490846

Edition: 2010

Authors: Tom Wolff

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Our helping systems are failing us and we have serious problems with traditional community problem-solving methods that are ineffective and create pain, waste, and dysfunction in our communities. In this groundbreaking book, the author spells out his real-world-tested key principles for creating collaborative solutions that build healthy communities. Collaborative Solutions is a practical book that addresses how to solve contemporary social problems by bringing people of diverse circumstances and backgrounds together in working to solve community challenges. Filled with stories and tools, it shows how to make change happen in the real world.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Lori lives in Knoxville, Tn with her husband and two children. Inspired by the faith and determination of her husband, Mike, Lori decided to use her passion for writing to record the day-to-day struggles and victories her family faced as Mike battled one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer - stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. Lori is a teacher and counselor, and most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ.

Web Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
Why Collaborative Solutions? How Our Helping Systems Are Failing Us
Community Solutions Demand a New, Collaborative Approach
How Our Traditional Community Problem-Solving Methods Fail
What Does This Tell Us, and What Do We Do Next?
Building Healthy Communities Through Collaborative Solutions: An Overview of Six Key Principles
Encourage True Collaboration as the Form of Exchange
Engage the Full Diversity of the Community, Especially Those Most Directly Affected
Practice Democracy and Promote Active Citizenship and Empowerment
Employ an Ecological Approach That Builds on Community Strengths
Take Action by Addressing Issues of Social Change and Power on the Basis of a Common Vision
Engage Spirituality as Your Compass for Social Change
Community Story: The Cleghorn Neighborhood Center
Encouraging True Collaboration
Networking
Coordination
Cooperation
Collaboration
Learning to Collaborate: Risks, Resources, Rewards, and Responsibilities
What If�
Community Story: The North Quabbin Community Coalition
Engaging the Full Diversity of the Community
Mini-Grants
Leadership Development
Community Outreach Workers
Community Organizers
Experiment with Simple Options to Engage Community Members
Community Story: The Mayor s Task Force on Deinstitutionalization
Practicing Democracy
How Much Participation Do We Want?
How Do We Encourage Democratic Participation?
More Ways to Support the Practice of Democracy
Community Story: Valuing Our Children
Employing an Ecological Approach That Builds on Community Strengths
Assets and Deficits
Setting the Stage to Move from Assets to Action
Healthy Communities: A Model Ecological Approach
Healthy Communities in Action
Community Stories: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and The Lower/Outer Cape Community Coalition
Community Story: The Institute for Community Peace and The Santa Barbara Pro-Youth Coalition
Taking Action and Working for Social Change
Key Factors for Coalitions in Successfully Creating Community Change
Creating a Common Vision
Community Action to Create Community Change
Addressing Issues of Social Change and Power
Addressing Issues of Social Change in Collaborative Efforts
Power-Based Versus Relationship-Based Social Change
Barack Obama's Election and the Future of Collaborative Solutions
Community Story: Health Access Networks
Engaging Spirituality as Your Compass for Social Change
What Really Works?
The Current Helping System: How It Is Stuck and How We Can Free It
Overcoming the Limitations with the Help of Spiritual Principles
It's Profound, It's Not Easy ... but It's Within Our Reach
Community Story: Bringing It All Back to Earth: The Spiritual Essence of a Regular Meeting of the North Quabbin Community Coalition
Conclusion
Appendix: Evaluation: Assessing Our Progress and Celebrating Our Success
Questions an Evaluation Can Help Answer
Community Participation in Evaluation
Frameworks for Evaluating Coalitions
Documentation and Evaluation in Action: Community Stories
Conclusion
References
Index
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