Sustainable Community Development, Networks and Resilience

Environments, Volume 34, Issue 2, 2006

11 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2014

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Ann Dale

Royal Roads University

Lenore Newman

University of the Fraser Valley

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

In a changing and unpredictable world, sustainable community development is less a goal than a dynamic process of working with the resources and information at hand. In order to sustain this dynamic interactive process, communities need to anticipate and respond to these dynamics and nurture their resilience in order to innovate and diversify. This is particularly difficult for communities that are marginalized, dealing with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. However, social capital can be harnessed to create the community agency needed to foster sustainable development. This paper focuses on the ability of community networks to build social capital critical to the creation of the resilience needed to sustain communities. It draws on a case study of a community-driven initiative taking place on the East Side of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, a community with very low levels of economic capital.

Keywords: Sustainable development, social capital, resilience, community, adaptive management, diversity

Suggested Citation

Dale, Ann and Newman, Lenore, Sustainable Community Development, Networks and Resilience (2006). Environments, Volume 34, Issue 2, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479757

Ann Dale

Royal Roads University ( email )

2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9B 5Y2
Canada

Lenore Newman (Contact Author)

University of the Fraser Valley ( email )

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 7M8
Canada

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