Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America's Communities / Edition 1

Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America's Communities / Edition 1

by Douglas Henton, John G. Melville, Kimberly A. Walesh, Kim Walesh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787963933

ISBN-13: 9780787963934

Pub. Date: 10/03/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Why do some communities have the capacity to change direction, break from tradition, and in effect, reinvent themselves? Why are they able to capitalize on trends and opportunities while other communities cannot? The answer lies in a special kind of leadership, born from the American revolutionary tradition.

Civic Revolutionaries offers a practical guide for

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Why do some communities have the capacity to change direction, break from tradition, and in effect, reinvent themselves? Why are they able to capitalize on trends and opportunities while other communities cannot? The answer lies in a special kind of leadership, born from the American revolutionary tradition.

Civic Revolutionaries offers a practical guide for renewing the great American tradition of spirited, breakthrough community leadership. By their very nature, revolutionary leaders help their communities reconcile the competing values on which our nation was built: individualism and community, freedom and responsibility, trust and accountability, economy and society. Like the Founders, today’s civic revolutionaries are extraordinary leaders who are deeply committed to place, not just to specific issues or constituencies. They provide the vital spark, inspiring others who must ultimately own the revolution if it is to be successful.

Written for leaders in business, government, education, and community, Civic Revolutionaries features practical guidance and in-depth case studies from communities across the country. The book provides tested advice for both new and seasoned leaders and draws essential lessons from the American revolutionary tradition to demonstrate how to become an effective leader within the community.

Civic Revolutionaries can help meet the complex challenges of communities today by helping leaders act as regional stewards of the ongoing American Experiment. Using the guiding principles and practical role models outlined in this book, we can learn how to foster the passion for civic rebirth in every community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787963934
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/03/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Foreword xi
Becky Morgan

Acknowledgments xiii

The Authors xvii

Introduction: The Creative Tensions of the Continuing American Experiment 1

1. Individual and Community: Creating Common Purpose 21

2. Trust and Accountability: Building Webs of Responsibility 59

3. Economy and Society: Strengthening the Vital Cycle 89

4. People and Place: Making the Creative Connection 127

5. Change and Continuity: Creating Vigilance for Renewal 157

6. Idealism and Pragmatism: Building Resilience of Place 197

7. The Rise of the New Civic Revolutionaries:

Answering the Call to Stewardship 231

References 245

Index 251

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