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2The Three Modes of theDevelopment Life Cycle and TheirThree Realms of Development

If you’re looking primarily for specific opportunities to grow or revitalize your organization, business, or community, you may not be interested in spending a lot of time on hypothesis or theory. But developing a new organizational strategy or vision requires a deeper understanding of underlying dynamics than does grubbing for contracts. If that’s part of your purpose, this chapter is for you. Here, then, are two hypotheses to which we’ll refer throughout the rest of the book:

  1. Economic development can be divided into three modes, corresponding to the natural cycles through which all life passes: Birth/youth (new development), maturity (maintenance/ conservation), ...

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