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For all readers, we point out that the main components of our guide are the following: • An introduction and a gradually unfolding overview of boom and bust in general and in the context of Western Canada (Part II and later) • A guide for self-analysis by communities (Part III) • A guide for strategy-building based on self-analysis (Parts IV, V and VI) • A concise summary with key insights for analysis and strategy (Part VII) • A final reflection on the potential and limitations of locacl control of autonomy (Postscript) Readers interested in a history of the region and more general overview of community planning might focus their reading on the earlier chapters, jumping forward in the narrative as needed. Similarly, individuals seeking in-depth strategy advice can jump to later sections, and when necessary flip back for further background information. We have provided a substantive glossary, which can be referenced during or after reading. The glossary also serves as a stand-alone quick-reference resource for individuals with a specific area of interest and deeper background knowledge. For those readers who want to engage more deeply with the theories and practices that we present, we invite you to explore our recommendations for further reading in the community resources and literature lists, provided for each section. Regardless of your background or your reason for picking up this guide, we believe that it has something to offer to many individuals and communities, in Canada and abroad. As all communities affected by boom and bust know, it is easy to forget the effects of a previous bust, and it’s hard to maintain a long-term perspective on community development. We hope the theories and strategies outlined in this work will help you shift your perspective, and think of your position and your potential in a new light. The authors Edmonton, July 1st, 2016

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