Kitchen Table Sustainability offers a unique view of sustainability through the lens of community engagement. It takes sustainability out of the ivory towers of universities, government departments and planners to the kitchen tables of the world.
This practical guide distils decades of wisdom from community planning, engagement and sustainability practice internationally into a user-friendly and engaging book that is both inspirational and packed with hands-on tools. The core of the book is a bottom-up approach to participatory community engagement and development, referred to as EATING, that consists of six components: Education, Action, Trust, Inclusion, Nourishment and Governance.
About the Author
Wendy Sarkissian PhD, a planning practitioner, academic and speaker, has co-authored many award-winning books on planning and community engagement. Nancy Hofer is a planning postgraduate student at the University of British Columbia. Yollana Shore is a community engagement practitioner, therapist and entrepreneur. Steph Vajda is a community cultural development practitioner based in Brisbane, Australia. Cathy Wilkinson, based in Sweden, provides sustainable planning advice to city governments across the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Peter Newman
Perhaps the World Ends Here by Jo Harjo
2: The Sustainability Story
3: Community Engagement: A Pathway to Sustainability
4: The EATING Approach...
11: Conclusions, Challenges and a Way Forward
What People are Saying About This
Offers accessible, insightful thinking about the most daunting challenge facing 21st century cities."--(Leonie Sandercock, University of British Columbia)
"The authors' metaphor of a kitchen table is brilliant, and this is a large and welcoming table indeed, with room for all to squeeze around it... This is a book rich in practical insights and advice, useful processes, engagement tips and strategies, and successful stories told."--(Timothy Beatley, University of Virginia)
"Drawn from a lifetime of experience ... and a wide reading of the pertinent literatures, this is a primer of community planning for a turbulent age."--(John Friedmann, School of Public Affairs, UCLA)
"Wendy Sarkissian and colleagues come through again, giving us fresh ideas and perspectives."--(John Forester, Cornell University)
"Heads up for the brilliance and warmth of Kitchen Table Sustainability! Because the book is rooted in the human scale, it exudes the aroma of possibility."--(Chellis Glendinning, award-winning author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization)