Manuals and Guides: Community
Community Visioning and Strategic Planning Handbook (2000: 1 MB pdf) by Derek Okubo, is provided by the National Civic League. Based on extensive experience, this is the most comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the community visioning process, and includes how to assemble champions, broaden the stakeholder group, convene town meetings and other outreach events, assess the civic infrastructure, work with the media, and implement recommendations.
Community Building in Public Housing: The Ties that Bind People and their Communities. A 5-part guide that discusses the implementation of community building in public housing. Prepared by Arthur J. Naparstek, Dennis Dooley, Robin Smith and The Urban Institute/ Aspen Systems Corporation, the manual "explains what community building is, why it makes sense for today, and how public housing authorities can implement it." Prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Public and Indian Housing, the Office of Public Housing Investments and the Office of Urban Revitalization, this report also provides stories on dozens of community building initiatives in public housing communities across the country.
Planning Community-Wide Study Circle Programs: A Step-by-Step Guide. A 5-part guide that is designed to be both inspirational and informational as people work to create broad-based democratic discussion of the critical issues their communities are facing. Includes basic steps, sample documents, stories, and resources. Produced by the Study Circles Resource Center.
Reinventing Citizenship: The Practice of Public Work. A 76-page guide (1995) that presents a conceptual approach to public work, citizen politics and civic organizing, and distinguishes these from other modes of problem solving in a service society. Examines the development of public leadership, one-on-one interviews, power mapping, and other techniques. Excerpt available online. Published by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and Minnesota Extension Service.
The Conciliation Handbook: Selected Sections. The Conciliation Handbook is a 52-page guide designed to help people learn how to resolve community conflicts. Includes information on the Community Boards program and the process and challenges of conciliation. Produced by the Community Board Program, 1993.
Building Healthy Communities. A 32-page report that describes the elements of a healthy civic community, with examples of how citizen leadership works. Commissioned by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. For more information contact the Pew Partnership for Civic Change at 145-C Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Phone: (804) 971-2073; fax (804) 971-7042.
Building Deliberative Communities. A 36-page report introduces the role deliberation can play in creating new opportunities for communities to work together in more productive ways. Commissioned by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. For more information contact the Pew Partnership for Civic Change at 145-C Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Phone: (804) 971-2073; fax (804) 971-7042.
Balancing Justice: Setting Citizen Priorities for the Corrections System. A 15-page guide prepared by the Study Circles Resource Center (1996). This guide is designed to help citizens and criminal justice professionals define priorities for the corrections system, explore a range of sentencing options, and work together to implement improvements.
The Busy Citizen's Discussion Guide: Violence in Our Communities. A 25-page guide prepared by the Study Circles Resource Center (1994). This guide is designed to help you work against violence at the local level by engaging you and others in dialogue about how best to confront crime and violence in your community.
Coalitions for Building Community Understanding. This 4-page guide by Georgia L. Stevens (1994) provides a concise, step-by-step process for citizen action and coalition-building around community problems, using the issue of school-age child care as an example. For more information contact the Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.