Community and Sustainable Development: Participation in the Future

Community and Sustainable Development: Participation in the Future

by Diane Warburton, Jonathon Porritt
     
 

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The relationship between two of the most important currents in today's social thinking, community participation and sustainable development, is explored in this new volume.Some of the most highly-respected and influential thinkers on community and society address the fundamental questions about the needs of the future – the need to participate and belong; the need to

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The relationship between two of the most important currents in today's social thinking, community participation and sustainable development, is explored in this new volume.Some of the most highly-respected and influential thinkers on community and society address the fundamental questions about the needs of the future – the need to participate and belong; the need to conserve resources and to get more from less – and the kind of society that will successfully create a community and achieve sustainable development. This concise and readable text will be recommended reading for voluntary and public sector workers involved in community participation and environmental care, researchers and students in environmental and social studies, and general readers. The result is a stimulating and often provocative book which shows that if the answers aren't simple, at least they can be tackled.

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 book..an excellent introduction for those trying to promote joined-up printing and holistic, integrated approaches to policy-making...it 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853835315
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.75(h) x (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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