It is increasingly recognised that instead of relying on top-down commands or leaving individuals to their own devices, communities should be given a role in tackling challenges exacerbated by global crises.
Written by a team of leading experts with in-depth knowledge and on-the-ground experience, this book sets out why and how people’s lives can be positively transformed through diverse forms of community involvement.
This book critically explores examples from around the world of how communities can become more collaborative and resilient in dealing with the problems they face, and provides an invaluable guide to what a holistic policy agenda for community-based transformation should encompass.
“‘Bowling alone’ will not help our communities succeed in addressing major challenges from climate change to COVID-19 and beyond. Yet, what is the alternative? Tomorrow’s Communities breaks new ground in showing how we can create community-based transformation with practical, evidence-based policies that should receive serious consideration from policy makers.” Thom Brooks, Dean, Durham Law School and Director, Labour Academic Network
“The crisis of democracy and the need for social, economic and political transformations characterise our times. This powerful collection draws on the potential of communities to be the provocateurs, agents and activists of that transformation.” Cilla Ross, Co-operative College
Henry Tam is a writer, educator and former head for civic renewal under the last Labour government. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
1 The challenges for tomorrow’s communities ~ Henry Tam
PART A: Transforming socioeconomic relations in communities
2 The case for community economic development ~ Ed Mayo and Pat Conaty
3 Reciprocity and alternative mediums of exchange ~ Martin Simon
4 Regeneration in partnership with communities ~ Gabriel Chanan
5 Worker cooperatives and economic democracy ~ Pat Conaty and Philip Ross
PART B: Transforming collaborative behaviour with communities
6 Four factors for better community collaboration ~ Steve Wyler
7 The importance of community-based learning ~ Marjorie Mayo
8 The 45 ° Change model for remaking power relations ~ Colin Miller and Neal Lawson
9 Connecting at the edges for collective change ~ Alison Gilchrist
PART C: Transforming policy outcomes by communities
10 Co-production and the role of preventive infrastructure ~ David Boyle
11 Humanising health and social care ~ John Restakis
12 Reshaping the food aid landscape ~ Alice Willatt, Rosalind Beadle and Mary Brydon- Miller
13 Sustainable communities for the future ~ Diane Warburton
14 The policy agenda for community-based transformation ~ Henry Tam