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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications; 1 edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087946108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879461089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Building Communities from the Inside Out guides readers to a new, asset-based approach to community building that proves everyone has a gift to share. The book offers practical advice, helpful tools, and powerful stories that help us see communities in new ways--as treasure troves of talent. Kretzmann and McKnight's front-line experience working with neighborhoods across America has created a vital tool for transforming city blocks into neighborhoods and isolated residents into change agents. For anyone who longs to make a difference, this book is a MUST! I am a partner in a consulting firm that guides healthy community initiatives across America--this book is one of my most valued resources.
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Graphics a little clunky. Besides that, this is an outstanding book, with outstanding success stories and ideas, on building local "capacity" to handle projects. Everyone in the field, in my area, is excited about the ideas in this book. The authors are even better in person. You cannot understand the field without the ideas in this book.
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This book may seem mundane. It isn't. It is Systems Theory in community healing, in creating healthy communities, even with few resources. I have seen people who put the ideas to work. 5 stars for ideas, I wish it had been organized a little differently, but it's still very, very good. I have used his ideas on a small scale, myself, in my own city, and gotten results better than I thought possible. My favorite kind of review, however, is one where similar books are cited, that maybe fill in holes, or supplement the main ideas. The first book I might suggest is Ending Violent Crime Cheaply and Permanently: A Vision Of A Society Free Of Violence. For many inner city communities, significant sectors of the minority male population are cycled through a school of violent crime, where the gangs do their corporate training, at Ivy League tuition costs. This is not useful. We need a better way. This book doesn't just talk about incrementally handling a small portion of the population, no, it is ending violent crime, cheaply and permanently. RETURN TO CREATION and The Original Instructions: Reflections of an Elder on the Teachings of the Elders, Adapting Ancient Wisdom to the Twenty-First Century are also useful, they describe an important level of creating healthy community that BCFTIO couldn't cover.Read more ›
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Kretzmann and McKnight provide a rich resource for those who wish to move from a deficit based siloed problem solving to a more holistic strengths based community development approach. The approach presented reminds me of appreciative inquiry and the field of positive organizational scholarship in the unique way the authors focus on strengths as a spring board for seeing, assessing, and then strategizing effectively.

The authors provide background followed by six set of considerations for:
Releasing individual Capacity
Releasing the power of local associations and organizations
Capturing local institutions for community building
Rebuilding the community economy
Mobilizing an entire community
Providing support for asset-based development: policies and guidelines.

The authors pack a great deal of practical, implement-able steps into this book!
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Asset-based analysis of communities can be used in working to fortify a variety of underfunctioning or dysfunctional environments. This approach to community building can also be applied to families, businesses, and government. The information is practical and well-organized for optimal understanding and use.
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This is basically systems theory applied to community building. It's a bit thick in places, but it is worth slogging through. The authors looked at a lot of successful efforts, and put together what was common to them.
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This book is written by an amateur- someone who lives and loves their subject. Which is exactly as it should be. The graphics are constructed with a ruler, I think, but so what. I would wish for a little more on application, and How to Improve your Community Como Mejorar su comunidad:: Over 30 ways to improve your community, quickly, even if you are working by yourself, don't ... had training, and have no idea where to start fills that out, fairly well, and is useful for having a Spanish translation with it. Spanish people often understand these ideas better than Anglos, because their culture isn't as ripped apart as Anglo culture- and I say this as an Anglo. Asset Based Community Development is one of the most exciting parts of Community Development. This book sets up communities for other efforts, such as in the book Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. I have been to conferences where they discussed the ideas in this book. This is a seminal work. Streets of Hope : The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood is a book that discusses these ideas in practice. This book has shortcomings, but the great ideas outweigh all of that.
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