Undertaking development of community leadership Developing effective community spokesmen Developing community leadership prowess Developing formal community leadership Encouraging local leadership development Assuring community leadership skills Accelerating community leadership skills Strengthening local leadership skills Expanding community leadership potential Broadening local community leadership Strengthening local community leadership Accelerating local leadership skills
Community means the caring and mutually enriching relationships among persons who share and celebrate ties of common interest and purpose, most often centered in a place. Community entails a balance between individual initiative and loyalty to a larger group, and also between loyalty to that group and the larger world. Good communities are essential to human fulfillment, yet they are eroded and demeaned by the individualism and mobility of modern, market-based societies. Harmonious community, embracing place as well as people, are a prime value in the vision of sustainability.
When the community around Eldon Street in Liverpool, UK lost their local factory and discovered that the council was planning to demolish their homes, the campaign they waged taught them staying power and technical skills. These proved to be a kind of "capital" which could be used to revitalize the area. Led by a fork lift truck driver, the community designed their own new housing estate, de-selected their local councillor and took over more than 100 acres of derelict land. Here they were able to build more homes, a garden centre to provide skills to the neighbourhood, and set up a series of other businesses.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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