Just and Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Futures / Edition 1

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Just and Lasting Change presents how to transform communities rapidly and inlocally appropriate ways. Daniel Taylor-Ide and Carl Taylor have been present at key events and worked with key thinkers in dealing with the large forces of inequity, environmental change, and globalization. The approach they have synthesized builds on what has worked over the last century—and can now be implemented rapidly and cost-effectively in many parts of the world. It relies on a three-way partnership of "bottom-up" initiatives from the community level, "top-down" support from government agencies, and "outside-in" ingenuity and objectivity from experts. Based on both a diverse range of case studies—from the earliest attempts to promote social development in India a century ago to current efforts in Tibet, the Peruvian Andes, China, and the American Southwest—and engaging personal experiences, this book describes, step-by-step, how SEED-SCALE can be effectively implemented.

With contributions from leading international experts in community-based development and public health, Just and Lasting Change offers a hopeful description of how people have made a difference in diverse communities around the world and a practical, accessible handbook for those trying to improve the quality of life in underdeveloped communities everywhere.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Epidemiology
This book is both a description and a prescription: a description of some such communities, and the process through which they achieved enviable health levels, as well as a prescription for other societies to follow suit... This is the one book I would unhesitatingly recommend to anyone interested in underdevelopment and health.

— V. Raman Kutty

International Journal of Epidemiology - V. Raman Kutty

This book is both a description and a prescription: a description of some such communities, and the process through which they achieved enviable health levels, as well as a prescription for other societies to follow suit... This is the one book I would unhesitatingly recommend to anyone interested in underdevelopment and health.

Nils Daulaire
This book is a 'must-read' for those seeking to carry out or to understand true change in health equity and health improvement. This book shows us the real potential of honest partnerships between communities,governments,and technical experts. With an unmatched global reach and breadth of examples,from Appalachia to the Tibetan high plateau,the Taylors have laid out for the reader both the complexity and the underlying simplicity of principle that enables us to approach health from a systems perspective. Nurturing these resonant and self-reinforcing systems,rather than filling out the static prescriptions of past top-down development efforts,can put us on the path to a healthy world. With its rich and varied detail of experience,this is the Whole Earth Catalogue of global health.
Halfdan Mahler
Many of us with experience in development are scared of the 'do-gooder' syndrome which frequently lacks a sustainability and growth component. Just and Lasting Change,however,makes a unique contribution to the field by detailing how a continuous empowerment process of skill and will can realize the potential for cumulative growth in development programs.
W. Henry Mosley
I know of no one else in the world who has the breadth and depth of experience in international development work as Carl Taylor. In Just and Lasting Change,he and Daniel Taylor-Ide offer a perceptive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of current development efforts and,in their SEED-SCALE model,a practical guide for those engaged in this kind of work today and a highly relevant approach to these problems in this age of globalization.
Flora MacDonald
This book describes in detail a concept of community development that is not only exciting but eminently practical and capable of achieving positive results. The SEED-SCALE model for international development presented in Just and Lasting Change is based on the need for local consensus and cooperation,recognizing that when community residents,government officials,and outside experts work together,they can create the proper environment for sustainable development. Applicable to any community where growth has been lagging,whether in the developing or the developed world,SEED-SCALE has been repeatedly tested and proven successful. In spelling out so succinctly the manner in which community development can be stimulated through the SEED-SCALE concept,this book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on sustainable development.
The authors and collaborators present a conceptual model of sustainable development first outlined in (New York: UNICEF, 1995). Calling their model SEED-SCALE (Self-Evaluation for Effective Decisionmaking and Systems for Communication to Adapt Learning and Expand), they suggest that it is applicable regardless of culture or geography. They cite historical examples in Kerala, India; Ding Xian, China; and other places. They demonstrate how the process has worked in a number of communities and examine applicability to large-scale projects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801868252
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,542,519
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Taylor-Ide is president of Future Generations, a community-based conservation and development organization based in Franklin, West Virginia, and author of Something Hidden Behind the Ranges: A Himalayan Quest. Carl E. Taylor is professor emeritus at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and senior consultant to UNICEF.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Foreword, by James P. Grant



I: The Claim: A Just and Lasting Future is Achievable

1 Getting Started: Positive Change Is Possible

2 Synopsis of SEED-SCALE

3 Making a Large and Lasting Impact

4 Our Maturing Understanding of Community Change

5 Assuring Accountability through Better Paperwork

6 A Crisis Can Become an Opportunity

II: Historical Demonstrations

7 Ding Xian: The First Example of Community-Based Development

8 Kerala: Development without Wealth

9 The Adirondacks: An Evolving Balance between People and Nature

10 Narangwal: The Role of Conceptual and Cultural Breakthroughs

III: Evidence from the Community Level

11 Curitiba, Cuba: A Better Pattern for Cities

12 Jamkhed, India: The Evolution of a World Training Center

13 Gadchiroli, India: Addiction as a Barrier to Development

14 Kakamega, Kenya: A Promising Start Derailed

15 The White Mountain Apache, United States: Reclaiming Self-Determination

IV: Large-Scale Applications

16 Urban Agriculture: A Powerful Engine for Sustainable Cities

17 Peru: Communities and Government Learning to Work Together

18 Tibet, China: Integrating Conservation with Development

19 China's Model Counties: Going to Scale with Health Care

V: SEED-SCALE Handbooks

20 SEED-SCALE Principles and Criteria

21 Community-Based Action through SEED

22 How to Go to SCALE




Authors and Contributors


Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Can we save our environment

    Daniel Taylor has been a friend of mine for thirty years. He is now part of a three generation effort with his father Dr. Carl Taylor and his son Luke. The three men are working in one of the most remote parts of the world to save our planet for future generations. Daniel is pragmatic and making tremendous progress. This book is a testimony to both Dr Carl & Dr. Daniel Taylor. His earlier work is also a great work of art. Rev. Ron Hooker, Pastor Emeritus Grace United Church of Christ - Columbus, Ohio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    Makes Sense for the World

    This makes sense! How do we as a country and people who have so much help those in other places, and even within our own cities, find their own voice and empowerment to create their own futures? This book is engaging on every level from the personal story of Dr. Taylor to the work being done in villages in Nepal and India. The philosophy of change, clearly written, can be applied to many situations communities, companies, churches. I have bought several copies and keep giving them away because this Makes Sense for the World.

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