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How to Talk to (Almost) Anyone About (Almost) Anything By Elaine Cogan
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This update of Elaine Cogan’s classic how-to for effective public presentations — whether at a council meeting, a club lunch or a professional event — will show you how to overcome... More > that worst of fears: The conviction that your knees will buckle, your throat will lock up, or… that you’ll make your audience miserable. Whether you’re facing your first presentation or you’ve been giving talks for years, Elaine’s practical advice will help you excel in every public speaking situation – even when you have no time to prepare. You might even come to enjoy it!< Less
Crowdsourcing Wisdom By Della Rucker
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The ways we do day-to-day democracy – figure out what people want their governments to do, get people involved in decisions the way we know we should… Way too often, the only response... More > we get is a useless response. Our bigger problem, though, is the thousands that we don’t hear from. Who may see and understand things that we, the Insiders, are missing. Those people are not failing to participate because they don’t care about the places where they live. They’re failing to participate because we’ve given them a pretty clear message that we don’t want them to have a meaningful role in the process. In this book, we’ll walk through a more effective strategy for doing public engagement that gives both citizens and governments a better and more meaningful experience. We’ll conclude with some tactics for managing unproductive behavior when you find yourself stuck with some of our typical public situations.< Less
The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help By Della Rucker
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People across the world are discovering that the economics that sustain their communities are shifting fast. But instead of just trying old ideas harder, they’re realizing that we need a whole... More > new approach. Economic revitalization specialist Della Rucker unpacks the deep changes underlying these communities’ struggles. Drawing on both professional expertise and personal stories and analogies that reach deeply into human experience, The Local Economy Revolution shines a new light on the profound impacts of the last few decades on the places where people live and work, and sketches a new way forward that builds on the reasons why our places matter to us. The Local Economy Revolution takes readers on an accessible tour of three Undercurrents driving changes in local economies, four Implications that derive from those Undercurrents, and three Secret Weapons. The Local Economy Revolution gives a refreshing, optimistic new perspective on the importance and potential of communities of all types.< Less
Why This Work Matters: Wisdom from the People Who Are Making Communities Better By Della Rucker
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Why This Work Matters introduces you to the voices of 11 people who are doing the hard work of making communities better. They work in local and state and federal organizations, in governments and... More > nonprofits, in planning, economic development, city management, downtown revitalization and more. In their own words, as clearly and honestly as they can put in writing, you’ll hear how they manage the frustrations of this work — how they deal with political realities, with shortcomings, with bureaucracy and discouragement. And, maybe more importantly, you’ll hear what they draw on to summon the courage and the bravery to keep at it. Hopefully, Why This Work Matters will help you find the courage to keep doing your Work That Matters, too.< Less
Why This Work Matters: Wisdom from the People Who Are Making Communities Better By Della Rucker
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Why This Work Matters introduces you to the voices of 11 people who are doing the hard work of making communities better. They work in local and state and federal organizations, in governments and... More > nonprofits, in planning, economic development, city management, downtown revitalization and more. In their own words, as clearly and honestly as they can put in writing, you’ll hear how they manage the frustrations of this work — how they deal with political realities, with shortcomings, with bureaucracy and discouragement. And, maybe more importantly, you’ll hear what they draw on to summon the courage and the bravery to keep at it. Hopefully, Why This Work Matters will help you find the courage to keep doing your Work That Matters, too.< Less
The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help By Della Rucker
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Whether they’re professionals or volunteers, people across the world are discovering that the economics that sustain their communities are shifting fast, and they’re struggling to find... More > new solutions. But instead of just trying old ideas harder, they’re gradually realizing that we need a whole new approach. In The Local Economy Revolution, economic revitalization specialist Della Rucker unpacks the deep changes underlying these communities’ struggles. The Local Economy Revolution shines a new light on the profound impacts of the last few decades on the places where people live and work, and sketches a new way forward that builds on the reasons why our places matter to us.< Less