Through societal re-education and re-motivation, providing the necessary tools to enable citizens to significantly participate in a community which acts corporately on its concerns; also enabling the individual to become skilled in participatory methodologies. This leads to leaders and task forces in the community moving into community activities and concerns, and training others.
Tactics include: leadership training to prepare individuals for assuming responsibility for leading and motivating others; methods training to equip people with tools for corporate community problem solving and action; wisdom sharing to build a research and information exchange network; urban consciousness to create an awareness of urban gifts and need for intentional planning; and curriculum rationale to develop a comprehensive curriculum for all ages. An example would be community residents mobilizing their efforts and confronting the highway department with demands for street maintenance and repair, thus demonstrating the power of corporate bodies.
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