ERIC Number: ED443622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Community for a New Century: Community on the Cusp of New Millennium and the Dawn of a New Century.
Blakely, Edward J.
The search for community and the development of democracy through civic participation are the binding glue of the nation. The Cooperative Extension Service was formed in recognition of that fact, and its goal was to preserve community as technical capacity increased. During the 20th century, community has been lost to cyberspace and commercialism, and society and democracy have been weakened. Community developers need to become professionals instead of practitioners and develop a new paradigm of community to deal with the new conditions of community. Such a paradigm would focus on establishing social communities of face-to-face contact by replacing the current "surrogates" for social relationships with group interactive systems. Such systems would foster social capital; reengage service as a central community development principle through a national service corps whose curriculum would be developed by land grant and community colleges; encourage and develop the arts as a central focus for the restoration of communalism, values sharing, and caring; help to expose the global impacts of actions; and support sustainable development that enables the entire world to gain access to the benefits of new technology and ensures that one segment of the world is not robbed to enhance another. (TD)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Development, Community Relations, Community Services, Democracy, Extension Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Internet, Land Grant Universities, Service Learning, Social Capital, Sustainable Development
Full text at Web site: http://www.comm-dev.org/conf99/proceedings/blakely01.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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