“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -- Margaret Mead
Definition of A Community Partnership
A Community Partnership is….
“…A working Partnership formed by community leaders, associations and concerned citizens and supported by government organizations who have a shared vision for the future; the drive to get things done; the contacts to access financial resources; the credibility and trust to influence decisions and the dedication to their community to plan and take action to see the process through. Together, this Partnership can stimulate the community to work together, solve problems and take action for a better future.” - Elizabeth Stark
A Community Partnership Is:
•Committed to sustaining the community for many generations;
•The forum for strategic planning – sharing a vision and making it happen;
•Large enough to represent all community sectors yet small enough to work effectively;
•Always conscious of seeking balance, fairness and consensus;
•Able to clarify conflict and sort out communication problems;
•Supported and recognized by local governments and government agencies;
•Committed to work together over the long term, recognizing the time and effort needed to implement successful long – term strategies.
Understanding Sustainable Community Development
Definition of Sustainable Community development:
Sustainable Community Development is a way for people to work together to improve their community for their children, grandchildren and future residents. By examining the economic, environmental, social and organizational aspects of their community, they can take action that builds on their community’s strengths and overcomes its weaknesses. The result is a better community for all.
Communities have the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainable Community Development is Wholistic.
This definition requires that a community consider the “whole” or all aspects of community life, integratedly.
The economic, social, environmental and organizational life of a community must be addressed, as a whole and not as separate parts.
The aim economically, is to stimulate business, generate wealth, and help everyone find productive work. Sustainable economic development is based on small business, new ideas, co – operatives and credit unions, community enterprises, Partnerships, encouraging entrepreneurs, and doing the work that needs to be done locally. Economic growth is unsustainable when people’s welfare is in jeopardy.
Our social aim is to ensure a quality of life for everyone living in the community. A healthy community is based on adequate housing, education, health care, and recreation facilities. Equally important are the activities, services and relationships supporting Spiritual, Cultural, and emotional needs both for the individual and the families.
Environmentally we want to manage natural resources and protect the physical environment so that future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy eco-system.
Organizationally we want to strengthen our capacity to make wise decisions and find new ways of working together for a stronger, healthier, and more secured community.
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