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University of Michigan School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center, Good Neighborhoods Initiative
 

Summary: University of Michigan School of Social Work
Technical Assistance Center, Good Neighborhoods Initiative
April 2007
1
Sustainability
Marie Kennedy, of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, argues that true community-based planning
is a transformative and empowering process, combining material development with the development of
people. It should, she states, "leave a community not just with more immediate `products', .. but also with
and increased capacity to meet future needs" (Kennedy, 1996, p. 12). According to Kennedy, the measure
of the success of such a transformative and empowering community planning process should be the
following1
:
The control of development being increasingly vested in community members;
Increasing numbers of people moving from being an object of planning to being a subject;
Increasing numbers of confident, competent, cooperative, and purposeful community
members;
People involved in the planning process gaining the ability to replicate their achievements
in other situations; and
Movement toward the realization of the values of equity and inclusion.
I. Some definitions of sustainability

  

Source: Awtar, Shorya - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

 

Collections: Engineering