Community Is Messy:The Perils and Promise of Small Group Ministry Heather Zempel
Banking on Small Business:Can the Community Development Bank Model Serve Small Firms in Economically Depressed Urban and Rural Communities?: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Regulation, Business Opportunities, and Technology of the Committee on Small B Committee On Small Business
Creating Community:Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture Multnomah Andy Stanley, Bill Willits
Knowing One´s Own Community, Vol. 20:Suggestions for Social Surveys of Small Cities or Towns (Classic Reprint) Carol Aronovici
You don´t care about who I am, you only care about what I have to say. You want to know whether the content of this book will improve your life and be useful to you. Hence, I have to persuade you that the content of this book will be useful to you and worth your money. Because that is obviously what I want you to do; buy it and follow the advice it gives you. You probably care deeply about various issues in society–homelessness; inequality, climate change–but need additional tools to better understand and more strategically tackle them. You´re ready and willing to learn because you know that merely talking about how awful things are isn´t a very effective way of solving them. You´re also tired of the malicious manner in which every societal issue is politicized, and you hate the toxic bickering between both sides of the political spectrum. You´re desperate for a more level-headed perspective on these issues. That said, you know that social change requires a lot of work, which leads you to believe that your efforts are too small to make a difference. You´re afraid that you´ll fail in achieving this goal, despite your positive intentions. You think that if you can´t succeed in changing one huge existential problem in the world, it´s not worth trying at all. If your contribution doesn´t make a big-picture impact in the world, what´s the point, right? Wrong. Chances are high that you´ve frequently fallen into the following trap: you read an amazing article about an issue in society, become inspired to make a difference… and then lose all that energy a week later, with few results to show for it. Because of these challenges, Community Heroes will focus on community development, rather than global change. Guided by my experience in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, I will help you focus on incremental change in your community, rather than transformational changes to the entire world. Even though you hear people say that there are so many problems in society that you´re powerless to create change, that ´´the system´´ is rigged against us, and that it´s impossible to change it, I can assure you that these are not valid excuses to give up and do nothing to help your community. ´´ But there are no problems in my community! ´´ A painfully common misconception that is caused by people not looking closely enough. No matter how great your community is, it has many problems that need solving. Community Heroes is for a range of audiences. It´s for people that are about to become (or already are) nonprofit professionals, which specifically includes AmeriCorps VISTA members, but is certainly not limited to them. It´s for those that care deeply about social impact, community development, and nonprofit work. Finally, it´s for those of you that don´t necessarily want to change the world but do want to learn how to change your communities. In Community Heroes , you´ll learn why it´s important to: • Suspend your dreams of changing the world and instead strive to be a hero in your own community; • Understand why working on Wall Street might be a more effective way of achieving social impact than working for a nonprofit; • Recognize why your efforts to make a positive impact in society might actually be for selfish, instead of selfless reasons; • Understand the barriers to employment that disenfranchised people face and why they are such powerful impediments to progress; • Break the unfounded stereotypes you might have of the (working) poor in order to serve them more effectively; • And much more!
Small Scale, Big Change focuses on designing and building in underserved communities around the globe. Rooted in the traditions of early Modernism, the work of the architects shown in this book expresses a desire for social change and a belief in the social responsibility of architecture. The projects - often schools, parks, housing projects and infrastructural interventions - are typically the result of close collaboration with members of the community and future users. They are located in impoverished urban and rural communities and reveal an exciting change in the longstanding dialogue between architecture and ethics, wherein the architect´s roles, methods, approaches and responsibilities are all dramatically reconsidered. These architects address community needs with innovative, low-budget and adaptable designs without sacrificing aesthetics. In these works, one also sees an expanded definition of sustainability encompassing larger social and economic issues. The architects featured include Alejandro Aravena, Anna Herringer, Francis Kere, Jorge Maria Jauregui, Lacaton Vassal, Michael Maltzan, Noero Wolff Architects, Rural Studio, Teddy Cruz, Urban Think Tank.
Radical Small Groups:Reshaping Community to Accelerate Authentic Life Change David Slamp
Throughout his long life, Hamish Miller has encountered many extraordinary and life-challenging events. Parallel Community is a result of unique input triggered by near-death and out-of-body experiences, enabling him to tune in and learn from the minds of some of our ancient ancestors.While using dowsing techniques to research the complex fields of earth energy around the globe, his contact with wise and experienced people of many nationalities has convinced him that we must do something now to change our way of relating to the earth and to each other.This is the story of one man´s passion, a man driven by a need to halt the deterioration of the quality of life on this beautiful planet. If we are to create a world we are proud to hand on to our grandchildren, we can no longer blindly accept the decisions imposed on us by a small number of unsuitable, uncaring people.Parallel Community has been created as a platform empowering people throughout the world, acting and working together, to challenge the motives of our decision-makers and make a positive contribution to our future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000032/bk_real_000032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14th June 2017 in North Kensington. Over 150 homes were destroyed, and there were more than 70 casualties. With such extensive destruction, it’s hard to remember what it looked like before. One year on, this audiobook honours the Grenfell community and how its residents banded together through adversity. Gaby Doherty witnessed the fire firsthand; her husband, Revd. Dr. Sean Doherty, a Church of England minister, was the first clergy person on the scene. Good things can arise from harrowing adversities. Gaby and her husband live in a flat nearby The Tower, and she lost friends in the fire. Gaby’s account will make you understand what it was like living in North Kensington and how even the smallest gesture can change lives. In the aftermath of the fire, the community came together and raised aid efforts. God was seen in their actions, inspiring hope in what felt like a once futile situation. This book stems from personal experience of the impact of the fire. It features the testimony of locals, residents of the tower and those who came to help as well as on and by the community that experienced it, and the amazing stories of hope that followed in its wake. Grenfell Hope will help listeners understand what it was like living in North Kensington before and after the fire. It will help engage the listener with poverty issues, to examine attitudes to the poor and to consider how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities. In the desperate situation of the fire, God was at work in people’s hearts, bringing hope in tiny gestures that mounted up to something enormous. Hope that couldn’t be ignored or even contained. Hope sprang out all over the country. About the author: Gaby was born a farmer’s granddaughter who, from the age of 5 to 18, lived on a farm in rural Somerset, with the nearest shops three miles away. Her experience of life was limited to the West Country,... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaby Doherty, Alex Tregear, Neil Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000606/bk_lbrk_000606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.