Igniting the Passion for Change in America’s Communities
Douglas Henton, John Melville, and Kim Walesh
288 pages (Jossey-Bass, 2003)

Why do some cities continue to decay while others manage to rejuvenate themselves? Why are some communities better at tackling roadblocks than others? The answers, according to this handbook, is working across sectors within a community. The authors, founders of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship, argue a regional approach to social change builds upon a community’s common purpose and is more effective than the traditional top-down approach. The book provides a road map for overcoming inertia created by competing community values.