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Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future, 2nd Edition by Suzanne W. Morse

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CHAPTER ONE

Building the Foundation for Community Change

In a wonderful anecdote told by Gerald Taylor of the Industrial Areas Foundation, we begin to understand what this idea of change really means. The “Accident Ministry” was an outreach program for a rural church located at the end of a winding road. As traffic increased just before services and with little signage, the number of accidents began to increase. The congregation saw this as an opportunity to minister and administer to the affected parishioners. But as the ministry grew and volunteers became concerned about keeping up with the demand, the future of the Accident Ministry was in question. A meeting after services to discuss the problem generated this suggestion, “Why don't we just ...

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