The NCR 594 Project

My name is Leo. I am a graduate student in the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding program at the California State University at Dominguez Hills. This venture is an independent study project that will contribute to my thesis project.

The NCR 594 Project is an experiment in community building and community organization. The point is to create stronger communities where stakeholder involvement, shared decision-making, and consensus building are the norm. This is proposed as an alternative to powerful forces who discover these ideals only after finding that forcing their ideas down a community’s throat didn’t turn out as easy to do as they had anticipated.

The goal is to create leaders in the community. To quote Mattessich, Monsey, and Roy’s (1997) vision of leadership:

Fledgling community leaders [learn] how to lead meetings, how to use the media, how to communicate effectively, and how to raise money. They began to understand how political and economic systems work—and how to influence those systems to benefit the community (p. 2).

These leaders will, hopefully, work for the good of the communities where they live. More importantly, I hope to help to create leaders who in turn work to create more leaders.

This is a work in progress. As the work progresses there will be changes, in strategies and goals, in tactics and actions. The objective is to create better and stronger citizens. My purpose for undertaking this project is to learn when I can, teach when it is possible, and make everyone involved better for their efforts. With any luck I will find enough success to keep the project going long after I have graduated.

Reference:

Mattessich, P., Monsey, B., & Roy, C. (1997). Community building: What makes it work – a review of factors influencing successful community building. St. Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance.

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