Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future

Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future

by Suzanne W. Morse
     
 

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Completely revised and updated, the second edition of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future further examines the seven "leverage points" for decision making introduced by Suzanne Morse in the widely acclaimed first edition, originally published in 2004. Advances in technology, a massive

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Completely revised and updated, the second edition of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future further examines the seven "leverage points" for decision making introduced by Suzanne Morse in the widely acclaimed first edition, originally published in 2004. Advances in technology, a massive recession, natural disasters, and changes in mainstream culture have been part of the enormous social and technological changes of the past decade. But while much has changed, much also remains the same with respect to poverty and economic issues.

Morse's proven system is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. To date, it has been adopted by thousands of community leaders from around the globe to enable them to build successful communities through informed decision making, cooperation, identification of strengths, and smart strategies. This edition has been updated to reflect our world as it exists today, including completely rewritten case studies that include more detailed information about the application of the seven leverage points, and a more extensive discussion of the entire process as a whole.

Suzanne W. Morse is an authority on building smart communities, speaking regularly for large audiences on urban and environmental planning. She has incorporated all of the most up-to-date knowledge and current research into this edition, and has gone further in depth to discuss the evolution of societal problems and how the leverage points can be applied to produce a specific outcome. The secret, she says, is not only having an implementation strategy for the long-run, but also working with precise community priorities to affect real and lasting change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118427002
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/17/2014
Series:
Essential Texts for Nonprofit and Public Leadership and Management Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
513,976
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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“Anyone who dreams of making his or her community a better place to live and work should read this book. It is a refreshingly practical primer on how towns, cities, and regions can create a shared vision and measurable impact.”
—Janice C. Kreamer, president and CEO, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

“Innovation and entrepreneurship have always been the driving forces behind the success of U.S. commerce and industry. Smart Communities clearly demonstrates with real and compelling examples that these same forces are just as important in the public and nonprofit sectors and are making a difference in communities all over America.”
—Michael Rubinger, president, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

“Everyone who is working to bring about positive change in their communities, from college presidents to next-door neighbors, will be grateful that Suzanne Morse is sharing her vast experience in community building in this highly readable and helpful book. It provides a roadmap for any community, large or small, that wants to create a better future by working togeth er for effective change.”
—Elizabeth L. Hollander, executive director, Campus Compact

“Using the insight gained from having a ‘front row seat watching community change,’ Suzanne Morse has distilled those observations into a strategy for success. Her practical formula builds upon the good that exists in communities now to help them transform their neighborhoods and the nation—with principles, planning, and perseverance.”
—Angela Glover Blackwell, president, PolicyLink, and coauthor, Searching for the Uncommon Good

“Rare is the book which weaves civic stories with wise counsel about what we must do to foster communities that present and future generations will respect and hold dear. This book speaks to the aspirations of all American citizens who lead, volunteer, and give in the places they live.”
—Gregg Behr, president, The Forbes Funds, and founding director, The Content of Our Character Project

“The book is a Matisse drawing of communities—fresh, concise, and very, very timely.”
—Frieda Garcia, former president, United South End Settlements

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Meet the Author

Suzanne W. Morse is the executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, a civic research organization that identifies and disseminates solutions for the nation's toughest challenges. She is a fellow at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.

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