February 10, 2016 by nurturedevelopment Harry Boyte. ©University of Minnesota Harry Boyte in “The Citizen Solution” (2009) notes that the rising dominance of experts (technocracy) is hollowing out civic agency throughout American society. This observation holds equally true across all industrialised countries. Boyte argues that professionals have all but lost their connections to neighbourhoods, and
Over the next three weeks I’d like to look at three particular areas that are breaking down community, namely consumerism, globalisation, and technocracy. Consumerism ©walterbrueggemann.com Walter Brueggemann, a biblical scholar and collaborator with John McKnight and Peter Block, suggests consumerism operates to the principle: ‘there is not enough, let’s get everything’, a belief in
Asset-Based Community Development is not an alternative to Services January 20, 2016 by nurturedevelopment | 0 comments Sadly ABCD rhetoric is being bandied about in some quarters as a quick fix solution, as is Time Banking, Local Area Coordination and anything else that speaks to community-led action. But both citizens and savvy practitioners know rhetoric
A calender perspective on the nature of community. What is community and what can we do to enhance it? What can we stop doing that is detrimental to community building?