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New "Reads" Which May Reveal Community Solutions

Posted by Thomas Edwards on February 23, 2019 4:30 PM EST
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Two books that I've recently begun to read may provide some insights and clues to potential regional-community solutions on vexing.....

...problems.  The community challenges that hold many communities back from providing better prosperity, health and civic engagement continue to defy solutions that are brought by governmental programs, or private enterprise alone.  

We have collectively written blogs in the past that discussed innovation ideas and the studies done by Stanford University on the socio-economic results from effectively planned and executed collective impact.  As a student of applied innovation in management and across communities, I remain optimistic of the benefits that can be brought about by collective impact-especially as a tool for advancing improvements in redistribution of scarce resources, building more connected and engaged communities, improving population health, reducing the adverse consequences of substance abuse and in creating economic development and prosperity.

Recently, I was referred to two very good books which approach cutting edge solutions that can be offered on a community-wide basis.  The first book is written by an expert in the substance abuse recovery field named Debra Jay.  It is called "It Takes A Family".  Its reviews are excellent and it promises a model of applying the evidence-based solutions of the licensed professionals' substance use recovery testing and monitoring industry with the use of a family-centric team approach founded on the principles of AA and NA group meetings.  More to come later on this book when I finish reading it.

The other book that I bought just this past week, is from one of our favorite authors and researchers in the field of innovation, Dr. Clayton Christensen.  It proposes ways to apply the theories of disruptive innovation and market-creating innovation to the issues facing many poverty-bound countries.  My hope is that the principles in this book will shed light on ways to apply innovation to create economic prosperity and better lives at the local and regional community basis, not just at the larger scale macro view of countries.

I must admit that simultaneously reading two separate books in hopes that they will each and together stimulate some new thinking around the issues we often explore on this blog posting hub/profile is a bit daunting.  Fingers crossed that it can be done.

I'll keep you "posted"...

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