Community, Empowerment and Sustainable Development
Converging World Series
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|Format:||Paperback, 192 pages|
|Other Information: ||b&w photos and diagrams|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 08 October 2008|
This book explores a compelling range of community-based activities from different cultures and nations which help nurture intercultural understanding and practices of sustainable development. The specially commissioned chapters from practitioners and academics offer a set of interconnected case studies, personal stories, philosophical discussions and critical reflections on direct experiences focussing on co-operative action, creative media innovation and community empowerment connecting individuals, groups, organisations from across our converging world. At the bookis core is a central belief that ecological sustainability can only be attained through social learning, community empowerment, participation and a commitment to global justice. It is the first in a series of books addressing issues emerging from the Schumacher Instituteis Converging World Initiative.
Table of Contents
The Converging World Empowerment through education n SCADis experience Global education as sustainable community education Diaspora communities: global networks and local learning Emmaus: equity, empowerment and partnership Human well-being and the natural environment NGOs & carbon trading: a potential space for Convergence? Drawing on life: using local radio in Africa to bring about change Picturing the lives of others
About the Author
Dr. John Blewitt has extensive experience in adult, further and higher education, sustainable community development, local government, consultancy and project management. He established and co-directs the highly successful MSc in Sustainable Development at Exeter which focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and capabilities professionals require to help create sustainable modes of living and working. His research, teaching and development interests encompass sustainable communities and everyday life, media ecology and the development of a new visually-based language for sustainability.
'Provides refreshing insights into how diverse communities are engaging with this agenda and taking concrete steps forward. It presents compelling stories which celebrate good practice and which will help inspire change towards a more sustainable future.' Daniella Tilbury, Professor of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire, and Chair of the UN Global Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group in Education for Sustainable Development. 'This trailblazing book comes at an important moment in time: as globalisation driven by financial speculation is coming unstuck, community approaches to sustainable development are assuming a vital role in rearranging global affairs. The evidence presented here, showing that another world is possible, should be read by everybody who wants to contribute to creating a sustainable future. My congratulations to the authors and to Green Books for bringing out this timely and well-researched collection of case studies.' Herbert Girardet, director of programmes, World Future Council.
|Publisher: ||Green Books|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 centimeters (0.40 kg)|