Community Building: What Makes It Work

A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building

This practical guide shows you what really does (and doesn't) contribute to community building success. It reveals 28 keys to help you build community more effectively. Use it to find out what community characteristics contribute to successful community building, make sure key processes are in place, determine if leaders or organizers have essential qualities, evaluate the likely success of a proposed project or get a struggling effort back on track. Examples, definitions and a bibliography make this report even more valuable.

99 pages. ©1997.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Sebastian

Review posted October 9, 2018

5

This is a short an interesting read on community building. Oodles of information in a brief book. Very useful and recommended.

jamiesmith

Review posted June 26, 2018

5

Super helpful book!!!

Rjh

Review posted February 17, 2018

5

Excellent book if you are new to community organization. My best take away is this sentence "Participants need to feel a sense of accomplishment and need to see some concrete results, or they will likely lose enthusiasm". It's so important to remember we lead, we don't direct. Good book to keep close by, not on the book shelf.

MBarberry

Review posted January 15, 2018

3

This book is a review of literature that the authors were able to find on the topic of community development prior to the publication of this work. Their aim was to identify all of the the relevant published scholarly work to answer the question: what makes an effective community development effort? About 500 articles were selected after many months of research and the few chapters that are included present the information that they learned in both long form and in a shorter bullet point format. It is a short text, but I feel confident that the authors created a reliable piece of work and it offers some insightful suggestions for those looking to gain new tactics or improve existing strategies to develop the communities they are working in. The literature used to compile this resource might be dated at this point since it was published over 10 years ago. Overall, I recommend this concise and well-researched book.

isaacpkm

Review posted January 8, 2018

5

Great book for anyone looking to create a long-lasting and efficient community group. I used this book in my nonprofit, and it has helped inform us on strategies and practices to engage more people and better serve our community.

thaolan98

Review posted December 7, 2017

5

It is a great book that is interesting to read and share with others.

HeidiVenture

Review posted November 28, 2017

4

When I opened this book, I groaned. It just looked difficult and tedious. I set it aside. When I opened it again, I started reading, and found a wealth of information on how to build community. The first section is pretty tedious, all about how they gathered the info. If you are a data nerd, enjoy. Otherwise, apply faith and skip to the good stuff.

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Review posted August 13, 2017

4

Great manual and glossary of all that goes into community building. If you are looking for a "what is needed to be successful" in community building this book will guide you as it is a meta analysis of most available research on the subject.

advglass

Review posted August 7, 2017

5

This book is a useful way for communities to start thinking about social capital and capacity building. It has a detailed list from case studies of the most successful communities who worked together at identifying what their issues were and how to address them as a whole. I recommend you get a copy if you want to have some good ideas about where to start your community building efforts. Great book!

Josephy Center

Review posted May 25, 2017

4

This book is a great resource to motivate community building and partnering.

amcdonald

Review posted October 4, 2016

5

This is a very practical and easy to use guide. I can pick and choose information to put directly into practice.

heub22

Review posted September 5, 2016

4

This book nicely covers the basics of what makes a healthy and engaged community. It presents classic terms and strategies in a well laid out fashion. This can definitely help young or new leaders as they work to engage community members.

sderht

Review posted April 16, 2016

4

Very well organized! Great examples and focus areas. This will be a book I'll be putting in the hands of community leaders.

Henry

Review posted March 3, 2016

1

I was disappointed with this book because its title led me to believe that this book would answer questions about how to build a viable community. Instead it provides questions to ask for building a community. It does have some key points for anyone wishing to bring together various organizations for the purpose of community building.

Browncoat

Review posted February 17, 2016

4

In breaking down the book into steps needed, it was simplified a bit too much. Other than that, it was useful for my audience.

smischke

Review posted February 17, 2016

2

This book was not what I expected it to be. I was looking for more stories and less a workbook on how to build community.

Summer

Review posted January 3, 2016

5

Concise yet complete. An excellent resource for community building -- enough to inspire and educate, but without unnecessary fluff.

betz

Review posted December 11, 2015

4

Community Building: What Makes It Work helped us start a plan for what we need to have in place before continuing our major project, and how to involve the entire community.

EarlDizon

Review posted October 14, 2015

3

A useful book to have for anyone interested in starting a community building component into their organization- or maybe to re-energize themselves.

lisabethdmiller

Review posted July 22, 2015

4

This quick read provides a very handy way to prospectively evaluate a community building program's chances of success. Alternatively, it can also help teams understand the possible reasons why a community building program is not succeeding. The in-depth discussion of each factor and how it contributes to community building will be a helpful guide in our attempts to build community capacity. I would love an updated version.