There is growing recognition in practice and policy of how networking contributes to the vitality and cohesion of community life and civil society. The Well-Connected Community provides theoretical insights and practical guidance for people working with and for communities.
This updated edition takes account of the changing political and economic context, including rising social inequalities and community tensions. It considers new approaches to well being, such as social prescribing and the use of social media for local and global organising. This model of community development explains and promotes networking as a skilled and strategic intervention and provides recommendations for good practice.
"This is a book that gives more and more with each edition. Drawing on a wide range of experience and literature, it has now been substantially revised and its insights will be valued by many in the community development field." Marilyn Taylor, Institute for Voluntary Action Research
"Excellent text, highly relevant and accessible to all." Caroline Lewis, UWTSD
“This third edition is to be widely welcomed, exploring key changes in the contemporary context, together with their implications for networking as a community development strategy.” Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London
“Alison expertly reviews different approaches to our field using the foci of networking and connectedness to explain her ways of thinking about community work. A ‘must read’ book.” Alan Twelvetrees, Community Work author and consultant
"This new and extensively updated edition provides important insights into continuity and change both in communities and in community development theory and practice. It is an invaluable resource in challenging times." Angus McCabe, University of Birmingham
Alison Gilchrist is an independent consultant and research fellow at the University of Birmingham. She has worked for almost four decades in community development as an activist, practitioner, trainer, researcher, policy advisor and manager.
Preface to the third edition;
Community connections: value and meaning;
Community networks and policy dimensions;
Community development: principles and practice;
Working with communities: different approaches;
Networks: form and features;
Networking principles and practices;
Networking for community development;
Complexity and the well-connected community;
Developing the well-connected community;
Issues and implications;
Suggested further reading.