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Beyond Politics: Strategies to Achieve Community Goals

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dc.contributor.author Azous, Amanda en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:35:25Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1249
dc.description.abstract From the Author's Paper: "Effective management of community resources relies on considering economic vitality, ecological health and community quality of life. Too often, decisions are made which ultimately undermine a community's identity, resulting in losses and not gains towards community integrity. Managing common resources needs a decision making process that addresses the economic, ecological and social impacts we know occur when we do something. "First communities should decide by what measure decisions will be evaluated. In the political realm, the standard of measure will vary among individuals between self interest and common interests. The larger the gap between self interest and common interests the greater the political tension and controversy. At times this tension can be a source of creative inspiration but it also has the capacity to sideline discussions and muddy the issues to the detriment of achieving positive outcomes for the community. "A solution is to integrate a method for forming and describing a community vision that compiles all values held in common into the political process. A Community Vision Statement is a description of what citizens want their community to be and how it should be left for future generations. The vision statement should be comprehensive, linking future landscape descriptions with the resource base needed to maintain economic prosperity and desired quality of life. "Now, how do we evaluate decisions as a community, especially when the issues are controversial? Many considerations may cross our minds including best judgment based on experience and wisdom, peer feedback, expert opinion, and cost effectiveness. The problem is individuals evaluate decisions using different criteria that often vary between situations. Our biases can contribute to the undermining of community values and vision. Examples are when politicians focus on reducing costs without analyzing if the outcome will lead toward public goals or when decisions ignore long-term environmental consequences for short term economic gains." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject community--theory en_US
dc.subject decision making--theory en_US
dc.subject resource management--theory en_US
dc.title Beyond Politics: Strategies to Achieve Community Goals en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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