13 minute documentary of two Community Visioning Initiatives in Chattanooga, Tennessee (US)
|Scooped by Stefan Pasti|
This writer’s interest in Community Visioning Initiatives was inspired instantly when, in 1994, he watched a documentary titled "Chattanooga: Community with a Vision" (13 minutes). The video documents two very successful Community Visioning Initiatives organized by the non-profit organization Chattanooga Venture (Chattanooga, Tennessee USA)—one in 1984, and a follow-up in 1993. The 1984 Chattanooga Community Visioning Project (“Vision 2000”), attracted more than 1,700 participants, and produced 40 community goals—which resulted in the implementation of 223 projects and programs, the creation of 1,300 permanent jobs, and a total financial investment of 793 million dollars.
This writer advocates for a combination of preliminary surveys to 150 local leaders (as preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives), time-intensive Community Visioning Initiatives supported by many
“Community Teaching and Learning Centers” (offering workshops suggested by the preliminary surveys), and “sister community” relationships as a starting point for accelerating solution-oriented activity, and creating more “close-knit” communities…communities with a healthy appreciation for each others strengths, communities with a well-developed capacity to resolve even the most difficult challenges—and communities which demonstrate a high level of compassion for their fellow human beings.
[Note: New document from the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative: "Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors (at www.cpcsc.info )" (589 pages; 3.65 MB) (accessible at http://cpcsc.info/invitation-package/  . Much discussion of Community Visioning Initiatives (and other supporting parts of such a collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding process) in Sedtion VII. A Constellation of Initiatives Approach to Collaborative Problem Solving and Citizen Peacebuilding of the "Invitation Package" document.]
Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainbility (CPCS) Initiative