Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development
By Ann Dale
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As Canadians, we are faced with a choice: do we continue to allow communities to merely survive or can we help them to thrive? Dr. Ann Dale has dedicated her life to studying Canadian communities and how they can transition towards more sustainable development paths. Since publishing her book At the Edge over fifteen years ago, her new book chronicles the various options that Canadians have to leap forward and actively implement sustainable community development practices. But what factors are stopping Canadian communities? How can a single ‘story’ dominate our development? What are the barriers and drivers and how do we reconcile competing agendas, and vested interests against changing the single story? Once again, Dr. Dale draws upon both the personal and the professional to discuss her own journey in reconciliation, reconnection and the power of relationships and ultimately love and compassion as one of the most important pathways for transforming human development. With 10-years of new research backed by many social innovations and progress in implementing sustainable community development, Dr. Dale concludes that there is hope but there is much more to do. As a country, we’re only edging forward when we need to be leaping forward.
Community Vitality: From Adaptation to Transformation
By Ann Dale, Rebecca Foon, Robert Newell, and Yuill Herbert
Community Vitality: From Adaptation to Transformation explores key themes related to what makes a community vital and illuminates the importance of the concept of vitality in order to inspire and guide critical shifts towards thriving, resilient and sustainable communities. In an era of global climate change, the increasing divide between the wealthy and poor and the overwhelming dependency on digital technology and the internet, the need for a dialogue on sustainable community planning efforts focused on community vitality has never been stronger.