'All historical evidence indicates that significant community development only takes place when local community people are committed to investing themselves and their resources in the effort. That's why you can't develop communities from the top down, or from the outside in.'
- John McKnight, John Kretzmann, Mapping Community Capacity
What is the best way to ensure buy-in and support from local people for a community development initiative?
Surely it must be communication. After all, how can you effectively rebuild a community without opening a dialogue with the people that live there.
I don't believe its enough to talk with a few community leaders. Without grassroots involvement community development projects are surely doomed to failure.
What are your thoughts?