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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184971441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849714419
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philip Monaghan is a recognised writer, speaker, strategist and change manager in the fields of economic development and sustainability. He is acclaimed author of 'Sustainability in Austerity' (2010) and 'Hard to Make, Hard to Break' (forthcoming 2012). In April 2011, 'Sustainability in Austerity' was named as one of the 'The 2010 Top 40 Sustainability Books' by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

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"How Local Resilience Creates Sustainable Societies asks why orthodox approaches to sustainable urban development have failed and what can be done about this. In doing this Philip Monaghan seeks to unsettle and challenge orthodoxies and highlight the importance of transferring power to ordinary people to build resilience. He makes a practical contribution to how this can be done in an age of austerity. In doing so, he opens up a debate that will be of interest to policy makers, agencies, academics, consultants, community groups and individuals." Dr  Mike Hodson, SURF Centre, University of Salford

"Resilience is now, in terms of local action, the fastest growing field of practice and experimentation. Hope and risk are two sides of the same coin and this book, in tune with our times, will help equip you to handle both." – Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK

"[Monaghan’s] vision is of society improved from the bottom up, with leadership at the local level building sustainable and resilient communities. And those currently in power, governing from the top down, would be well-advised to read this book, understand what is beginning to shake their world, and why, and join in with the action. […] Unlike many books dealing with these issues, focusing on what has gone wrong in the world and so causing a depressed feeling in many readers, the bulk of this book deals with remedies to the problems, many already in use, and others awaiting implementation over a wider range." Juliet Adams, Librarian, Project Lyttelton, in Living Economies

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Philip Monaghan is an internationally recognised writer and strategist on economic development and environmental sustainability. He is Founder and CEO of Infrangilis

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Towell on 16 May 2012
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Community resilience is a key concept in the analysis and prescriptions for sustainable local economies and communities. My own understanding of resilience dates back 40 years to my first job at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations which had pioneered work on open social technical systems in industrial organisations in the years following the war. Most famously in coal mining and in textile production, the Institute's applied work demonstrated how autonomous work groups were both more productive and more satisfying in organisations where work encounters uncertain conditions: that is, this mode of social and work organisation was more resilient.
This understanding of resilience, albeit on the larger scale of communities and urban development is reproduced and developed further in Philip Monaghan's recent book `How Local Resilience Creates Sustainable Societies'.
Monaghan aspires towards rethinking sustainable urban development as (hopefully compact) cities become the future for most of us. His text is 'political' in that, while arguing the importance of subsidiarity, it recognises that sustainable development requires interconnected action at the local, national and indeed international levels and strong democratic governance arrangements both to regulate private sector and other vested interests and to ensure that benefits are widely shared.
In this context, the book advances a five-prong theory of 'infused resilience' to guide local civic leadership, which makes the connections between:
1. Establishing strong values (sharing power, ensuring fairness, growing within ecological limits) as the basis for city development;
2. Agreeing a framework for negotiating rights and responsibilities locally;
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