The Reading Room
articles, books, and websites as we come across them. If you know
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These articles can be found online at The Atlantic Monthly.
by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling
The 1982 article that started it all. This is where George Kelling
first described his "Broken Windows" Theory.
A 1989 follow up article by James Q. Wilson and George Kelling describing
the application of the "Broken Windows" Theory by city police
Promise of Public Order"
Read an interview with George Kelling and Catherine Coles authors
of "Fixing Broken Windows".
Want to find out how to create the epidemic of community development?
Read an interview with Malcolm Gladwell author of "The Tipping
Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference".
Many of these books are at your local library, all are easily available
Broken Windows by George Kelling and Catherine Coles
The book that proves what we already know, quality of life crimes
like litter and graffiti really do make a difference in communities.
Full of real life examples of cities that reduced serious crime and
improved their communities just by changing their response to quality
of life crimes.
Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Many of you have heard Rebecca Morgan, now Rebecca Ryan, talk about
this book. It suggests that social ideas spread in a similar fashion
to viruses. If we understand this process, then we have a powerful
tool for social change.
Alone by Robert Putnam
Americans are becoming increasingly disconnected from their friends
and neighbors. The break down in these social relationships has created
a variety of social problems. By repairing these relationships, and
increasing the connections between people, we can improve our community's
capacity for generating solutions.
Together by Robert Putnam
A follow up to Bowling Alone, in Better Together Putnam explores the
question of how we can begin to recreate the social capital we have
lost and use it to improve our communities.
Story Factor by Annette Simmons
Stories influence others in a way that facts can not, and are often
more effective tools of communication and persuasion. Learn how to
tell the stories about your organization that will help you be a more
effective force for community improvement. To see how telling stories
helped cleanup and revitalize a run down neighborhood visit the website
Tales by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
Fish! Tales expands on the ideas offered in the management parable
Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. It describes
the same management lessons learned at the Pike Place Fish Market,
"Choose Your Attitude", "Make Their Day", "Be
Present" and "Play", but this time with real life examples
of the principles in action.
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