A purposeful community: the region as a focus for community capacity building

Postle, Glen David and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2014) A purposeful community: the region as a focus for community capacity building. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 226-243. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1


A key defining feature of successful and sustainable communities is a clearly articulated sense of purpose. This is crucial in helping community members to identify who they are and what their communities are seeking to achieve. Likewise regions – composed of multiple communities – need to exhibit a clear sense of purpose if they are to function as supportive and transformative frameworks for community development rather than merely as geographical boundaries. This chapter explores the vital nexus between communities and regions by elaborating notions of community capacity-building distilled from several disciplines. Similarly, examples of effective contemporary capacity-building clustered around this nexus are analysed from diverse national perspectives. The authors argue that regionally focused approaches to community capacity-building are often successful in their own right, particularly if they are based on clearly enunciated principles, as well as contributing powerfully to national and global citizenship.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 01:41
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 05:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: capacity building; communities; purposes; regions
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080709 Social and Community Informatics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24989

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