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- Learning from internal discussion is also furthered if there is a minimal long term perspective, an agreement on the basics for the long run. New ideas can more easily emerge in discussion and debate, when false oppositions between ideas are avoided (e.g. environment versus development), and real oppositions are treated with a reflexive attitude, which scrutinizes assumptions and alternatives. A quality path analysis will show that most harsh oppositions are false, that more options were and are possible, and a long term perspective will marshall the discussion towards productivity by means of shared goals. - Learning from academia / external experts is more fruitful when there is a minimal shared perspective on the future. There is a world of ideas on good planning, good governance, good community development, rural development, and economic development. They do not cohere, which is normal, nor are they absolute, even if they pretend to be, yet they can all be useful. They are all associated with a set of nested narratives on what the world is like, what it should be, and what we can do about it. In the following chapters (Part V), we present the more influential models of community development which resonate particularly well in communities facing boom and bust in order to guide and inspire your own unique strategy.

Figure 13. One way of developing strategy is by means of scenario building. Exploring different possible governance evolutions (not just different possible targets or different economic contexts) can show which assets are really assets and which obstacles are harder than others. Some scenario’s can start more from current conditions, and develop goals and steering mechanisms from there, while others can start with bold goals and reason back to the present: what is needed now to get there? Public discussion of the alternatives is valuable by itself, as it can reveal new assets, unknown power relations, possibilities to cooperate.

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Boom & Bust: A Guide, Managing Ups and Downs in Communities  

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs whi...

Boom & Bust: A Guide, Managing Ups and Downs in Communities  

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs whi...

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