I thought I’d start out this blog by stating that I am interested in community development – what it is, what it isn’t, and how it can be formalized into a management system. This has been and continues to be the focus of a first research paper that I am writing for my Master’s Degree program in sustainability leadership at Cambridge University.
It also happens to be an area of focus for my organization as it represents a commercial opportunity for us in terms of service development for existing and potential customers. As such, we hope to include this topic / aspect in our ISRS – International Sustainability Rating System assessment protocol. Of course, more on all this later.
IN OTHER NEWS, I ran across a very interesting paper, and it should be, in my opinion, required reading for anybody starting to get their feet wet in this field: “Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development,” by John Robinson, published in the journal Ecological Economics in 2004. Enjoy – it was an eye opener for me, yet I basically grew up when this historical stuff was taking place (now that dates me!).