Community and Sustainable Development: Participation in the Future

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Books like this which bubble over with the fruits of many people experience and insight add new layers of meaning to (the concept if sustainable development) deepening our understanding of what for me is the most important political challenge of our age-by a very Long way... this timely and important book will be a real inspiration. ' from the foreword by JONATHON PORRITT Community and Sustainable Development is about the future - a future in which people have the resources to meet their needs. This basic message of sustainable development recognises the need to conserve environmental resources, but also to support and build the human resources through which the future will be realised, by ensuring that local people are able to participate in the decisions and activities which affect their living environment. Featuring contributions from many leading figures in the fields of community participation and sustainable development, this book shows how participation can extend democracy, citizenship and accountability. It also considers the role of science and expert knowledge in setting and achieving appropriate goals for development, and describes how participatory initiatives can inspire sustainable action on poverty and social inclusion. Originally pubished in 1998

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Editorial Reviews

Urban Studies
This is an interesting and absorbing book. It offers, on one hand, an easily understood introduction to the key concepts that underpin notions such as sustainable development...and, on the other hand, it points to examples of both good and bad practice in the translation of these concepts in action.
Environmental Politics
extremely useful and at times inspiring collection which manages to achieve a good balance between academic and practitioner contributions. It should prove to be a useful resource to researchers, lecturers and students alike.
Habitat Journal
..the book succeeds well in raising awkward questions, highlighting good practice and principles, challenging cosy stereotypes, and in provoking thought and action for a better tomorrow. This book does help enormously in explaining the fields of community participation and sustainable development, by discussing many different facets by means of thirteen essays'. Hopefully, it will not only make decision makers sit up and take notice, but inspire them to investigate the alternative and more productive methods of using the planet's resources.
Journal of Environmental Planning & Management
definitely an important excellent introduction for those trying to promote joined-up printing and holistic, integrated approaches to gives a flying start to teachers and others wanting to know more about the convergence of the sustainability and poverty agendas.
Community Development
The book certainly begins to map the terrain, and will be a very useful introduction for those in the community development and environmentalist worlds wanting to join the dialogue and the action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853835308
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Warburton is an independent researcher specializing in community participation and sustainable development.

Jonathon Porritt CBE, is Co-Founder and Program Director of Forum for the Future. A leading adviser to business and industry, he was appointed by Tony Blair as Chairman of the new UK Sustainable Development Commission. He is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Program as well as a Board Member of the South West Regional Development Agency in the UK.

Jonathon Porrit has been named Green Personality of the Year 2008, ahead of the other short-listed contenders George Monbiot, Prince Charles, David Attenborough and Gordon Brown.

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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Figures, Tables and Boxes
Foreword by Jonathon Porritt
1. A Passionate Dialogue: Community and Sustainable Development
Diane Warburton
2. A Communitarian Perspective on Sustainable Communities
Professor Amitai Etzioni George Washington University
3. Accountability in Community Contributions to Sustainable Development
Professor Murray Stewart with Philippa Collett
Built Environment Faculty, University of the West of England
4. Getting the Future that You Want: The Role of Sustainability Indicators
J Gary Lawrence
Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, University of Washington
5. Turning the Sustainability Corner: How to Indicate Right
Alex MacGillivray New Economics Foundation
6. Civic Science and the Sustainability Transition
Professor Tim O'Riordan
Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University of East Anglia
7. Us and Them: Finding a New Paradigm for Professionals in Sustainable Development
Professor Robert Chambers
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
8. Bottle Banks in Arcadia? Environmental Campaigning and Social Justice
Ken Worpole
9. Achieving Community Participation: The Experience of Resident Involvement in Urban Regeneration in the UK
Marilyn Taylor Reader in Social Policy, University of Brighton
10. Developing Community Local Agenda 21s
Ken G Webster Community Education at WWF UK
11. Education and Engagement for Sustainability: The CADISPA Approach
Geoff Fagan University of Strathclyde
12. Ethnic Community Environmental Participation
Judy Ling Wong
Black Environment Network
13. Halcyon Days
Sue Clifford
Common Ground

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