Collective Visioning

How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future

This book teaches readers how to create a vision of what they want the world to look like, and then how to work together to make it happen.

198 pages. ©2007.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Sebastian

Review posted December 2, 2017

4

A good read stressing the values of hope, vision, and action to create lasting positive changes in communities. The author offers practical advice based on her experiences helping communities thrive. Anyone interested or invested in social change activism will likely appreciate this book.

shohoni

Review posted November 28, 2017

4

The book had many ideas for our group to use in our visioning.

mandy.stanley

Review posted April 7, 2017

5

great!

Henry

Review posted September 17, 2016

1

Normally when I review a book provided by The Ford Foundation I avoid making any remarks about the apparent political philosophy of the author. This book is different and for me it's a real trial to express how much I disagree with the author without being disagreeable. I hadn't read many pages when it struck me that for people wishing to form a soviet style collective this book would be their bread and butter. When ordering "Collective Visioning" I mistakenly assumed that it would provide usable information about how to work with others toward fulfilling our common goals whether in business, government, or individually. Instead I read how to collectively recruit other people that have a weak vision of themselves and the 229 year old Republic in which they live. It took the author only eight pages to get around to telling readers how she supported the present resident of the White House in his 2008 campaign for office. Perhaps she sees the results of his eight years as President as being a success but many of us sees it as being a merciless attack on our Constitution. What he and his minions could not lawfully achieve he boasted that he would change with a pen and a telephone. Apparently though his wreckage and ruin is still insufficient for this author because on page nine she laments;"...unfortunately we have a political system that is so driven by big money and corporate power that even people we have elected who share our values of justice and equity and want to make change come up short of what they promise" In chapter one the reader learns that collective visioning comes to the masses with guidance toward pre-selected objectives while in chapter two we learn that we must pre-screen people that come to visioning sessions, otherwise we may accidentally invite someone that believes the justice system as expressed in our Constitution. This author bludgons readers with social justice, equality, and peace from so many directions that I began to look for how many times she used the terms in each chapter. And so it goes unrelenting until the conclusion where we read "Every day we are flooded with bad news...We have to change the way we work for change." "Collective Visioning" sees the United States social fabric as being something that must be pounded into a collective as seen through a "group think" mentality. This book may be an inspiration to some readers however I see it as a "how to guide" for Socialist manipulators seeking to bring down the greatest experiment in self rule that this world has ever known.

Darcy Bedortha

Review posted May 27, 2016

4

Linda Stout is both wise and humble in her approach to organizing in rural and marginalized communities. Her work in communities not often engaged as leaders in the work of change is both remarkable and deeply rooted in love. This book offers practical advice for an inclusive, grass-roots approach to community organizing and an outline for how to move forward. I recommend this book highly, especially for people who don't often recognize themselves as leaders. Linda will assure you otherwise.

sderht

Review posted February 27, 2016

5

I love the optimism of this book!

ckamiya

Review posted January 17, 2016

5

I really enjoyed "Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future". The stories really resonated with me and I enjoyed the practical steps to guide, instruct, and inspire.

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Review posted July 2, 2015

5

I really enjoyed this book and got a lot out of it. I am bringing on a new team at work and this book reminded me how important visioning together is at the start of a new venture together -- where do we want to go together, what do we want it to be like when we get there? I love that this book gives such clear instruction on how to lead folks in visioning activities. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I should have known it would be super practical because that is how all the Select Books I've read have been! There are great tips for creating a welcoming space and setting up a physical space, as well as for activities -- some of which are right brained, social, creative (story telling with active listening guidelines) and others which are more left-brained (action planning/ strategic planning complete with a table to fill out!). Love it!!!! Thank you. A good mix for both me and for the folks I lead.

mcneisa

Review posted June 11, 2015

5

Collective Visioning is a must read for anyone concerned with the future of our society and the protection of the environment. This book is wonderfully written, and the author illustrates that the path in which to live a more sustainable lifestyle while enjoying mutual, collective involvement within your community is an achievable dream.

bravabecky

Review posted May 14, 2015

4

This is a very useful tool for approaching visioning as a community or group endeavor. It is practical, straightforward and easy to read. There are some great ideas for activities to use in a visioning process and also thoughtful examination of the differences that people bring to the table and how those can be addressed. It ends with Hope, Vision and Action -- and that is the benefit of the vision of this author. Focusing on optimism, hope and an understanding that inclusion is important are key components to successful visioning for a community. Timely reading as our community grapples with visioning and change.

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Review posted March 10, 2015

4

I love how this book combines very visionary, big picture ideas with very practical step by step instructions for bringing groups together. I like the author's often light-hearted approach to her subject, and very much appreciated her unique story of how she came to organizing and writing books.

kdillon

Review posted March 2, 2015

5

Loved this book! Thank you!

Kaylabeep

Review posted February 16, 2015

5

Loved this book!