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Community Building: What Makes it Work

A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building

This practical guide shows you what really does (and doesn’t) contribute to community building success. It reveals 28 keys to help you build community more effectively. Use it to find out what community characteristics contribute to successful community building, make sure key processes are in place, determine if leaders or organizers have essential qualities, evaluate the likely success of a proposed project or get a struggling effort back on track. Examples, definitions and a bibliography make this report even more valuable.

Author: Paul Mattessich, Ph.D and Barbara Monsey, M.P.H
Year of Publishing: 1997
Number of Pages: 99


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  1. Iris deBruin (verified owner)

    This is what I have been looking for!

  2. jessicacoy (verified owner)

    Excited to implement some of these ideas! Good foundational reminders about the importance of community building!

  3. Deanna Thrall (verified owner)

    valuable information given in a textbook format.

  4. Kolona Morin (verified owner)

    This was such an amazing book. So full of great information

  5. Jamie Olsen (verified owner)

    Great information. This knowledge and the book will remain a tool for some community engagement I am working on.

  6. Amanda Wilcox (verified owner)

    I found this book insightful and practical, and the points necessary to engage others in looking at the past, present toward a more inclusive future.

  7. Kathryn Hoffman (verified owner)

    helpful and inspiring

  8. fvehapi (verified owner)

    Anything that says ‘community’ is my kind of book. This one has some great tips on building your successful community. Thank you

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