ERIC Number: ED457415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Building Strong Neighborhoods: A Study Circle Guide for Public Dialogue and Community Problem Solving.
Leighninger, Matt; Flavin-McDonald, Catherine; Ghandour, Reem
This document explains how to establish study circles for public dialogue and community problem solving with the aim of building strong neighborhoods. The foreword explains the value of study circles in addressing the challenges currently facing all kinds of neighborhoods and presents 10 specific guidelines for organizing study circles in a neighborhood. The next section consists of broad guidelines, discussion questions, and tips to help facilitators conduct four discussion sessions. Session 1 gives participants a chance to talk about their connections to the neighborhood and hear others' experiences. Session 2 offers a menu of issues for community study circles to address. The issues raised include building a stronger feeling of community, making one's neighborhood a better place for young people, improving neighborhood safety, building a more livable neighborhood, creating good jobs for the neighborhood, and working with schools to improve education and the neighborhood. Session 3 examines building a stronger, more effective neighborhood by solving problems, planning for the future, and building a sense of community. Session 4 examines strategies for moving from words to actions. Forty action ideas are presented. Concluding the document are guidelines for serving in the roles of study circle facilitator and recorder. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Action, Community Development, Community Education, Community Programs, Cooperative Planning, Definitions, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Guidelines, Job Development, Leaders Guides, Leadership, Neighborhood Improvement, Place Based Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Safety, School Community Relationship, Strategic Planning
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258. Tel: 860-928-2616; Fax: 860-928-3713; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.studycircles.org/pages/scrc.html. For full text: http://www.studycircles.org/pdf/neighborhoodguide.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.