Transforming Communities

How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods

Transforming Communities

The world around us is a wreck. When there's so much conflict around the country and around the corner, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, powerless, and helpless. What can one person do to make a difference? Here's the good news. Millions of everyday people are ready to step into their power to transform their communities. And you are one of them. Take heart and be inspired by real stories of ordinary people who took action and changed their corner of the world, one step at a time. Equal parts inspiration, education, and Do-It-Yourself, Transforming Communities by veteran community activist Sandhya Jha will open your eyes to the world-healing potential within you, and give you the vision, the tools, and the encouragement to start transforming your neighborhood, one person at a time.

Transforming Communities

Re-imagining the Church for the 21st Century

Transforming Communities

Suppose for a moment that it is the present way in which we are being church that is not working? If that is the case, then no amount of new thinking about ministry in isolation will be enough to take us forward … It is the contention of this book that a new vision of what it means to be church is required.’ Christians in every place are asking questions about the life of the church. How do we re-imagine what congregations can become? How are we to develop new ways of being church which are sustainable and have the capacity for growth, mission and renewal? Steven Croft believes that part of the answer lies in developing small transforming communities as basic building blocks of Christian congregations. In this important new book he develops a biblical and theological understanding of what the church is called to be, a worked strategy for the future and practical guidelines for those called to help the church’s transition to new models. Transforming Communities draws on the best new thinking about the church from a variety of sources including academic theology, cell church, base ecclesial communities, and the author’s own experience of wrestling with these issues as an Anglican vicar and theological educator. Intended for clergy, ordinands and student ministers, lay leaders concerned with pastoral re-organisation, small group leaders and church members, it is suitable for all denominations and includes study guides to facilitate group work.

Restorative Community Justice

Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities

Restorative Community Justice

An anthology of original essays, this book presents debates over practice, theory, and implementation of restorative justice. Attention is focused on the movement's direction toward a more holistic, community-oriented approach to criminal justice intervention.

Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities

Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities

Can adult education and learning be understood without reference to community and people’s daily lives? The response to be found in the chapters of this volume say emphatically no, they cannot. Adult learning can be best understood if we look at the social life of people in communities, and this book is an attempt to recover this view. The chapters of this volume reflect ongoing research in the field of adult education and learning in and with communities. At the same time the work of the authors presented here offers a very vital reflection of the work of the ESREA research network Between Local and Global – Adult Learning and Communities. The chapters showcase the broad range of professional practice, the variety in both methodology and theoretical background, as well as the impressive scope of field research experience the authors bring to bear in their papers. The first section provides the broad view of research into adult learning and community development emphasising how social movements are at the heart of local and global change and that they are critically important sources of power. The second section focuses in on the practice of educators/mediators working in local and regional contexts in which the tensions of the wider policy and discourse environment impact on adult learners. The third section privileges the view at the close level of research inside local communities in the field. International researchers and practitioners, particularly young researchers, who are active in adult learning and in local/global communities will be interested in this book. The emphasis of the chapters is on participatory and emancipatory social research. Empowerment of women in rural communities, involvement of communities in social and environmental movements, power-sharing in community research projects and the exposure of hegemonic, globalising forces at work in ethnic communities are among the themes developed in this volume.

Transforming Communities

Transforming Communities

This extraordinary exploration of the dangers and possibilities facing human communities rejects the current myth that capitalism, led by global corporations, is providing the solutions required to survive and prosper in the decades ahead.

Arts and Societal Learning: Transforming Communities Socially, Politically, and Culturally

New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 116

Arts and Societal Learning: Transforming Communities Socially, Politically, and Culturally

The literature on adult education reflects a growing recognition of the role that the arts can play in facilitating adult and societal learning. This volume further explores that role. Much adult learning takes place in settings other than formal classrooms, and the contributors to this volume represent diverse educational arenas. In putting together this volume we deliberately approached contributors whose work is relevant to the theory and practice of adult education, regardless of their professional pedigree. Although all the contributors see adult and societal learning as an important aspect of their work, not all would define themselves as "professional adult educators." There is much to be learned by connecting the formal theories and practices of adult education to the work of these educators and activists. Some of the chapters are more analytical and other chapters are more expressive, but each includes a story of the author's personal experience integrating the arts with the theory underlying adult education practice. The final chapter pulls together the themes that emerge from these chapters, suggesting how they connect with and contribute to adult education theory. Taken in its entirety, the volume demonstrates the power of the arts for bridging boundaries, broadening perspective, and deepening understanding across disciplines. We hope that readers will find the experiences reported in this issue relevant and stimulating for their own practice. This is the 116th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, an indispensable series that explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.