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Large Group Interventions as a Tool for Community Visioning and Planning

Large Group Interventions as a Tool for Community Visioning and Planning (April 2010) is an article by Janet Hammer, Director of the Social Equity and Opportunity Forum at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs. Published in Community Development, the Community Development Society‘s quarterly journal, the article discusses the processes through which large group interventions work and their application in the field of community visioning and planning.

Below is the article’s abstract. The full article can be found here. You may also be interested in the dissertation, Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Learning and Action Processes for Social Change and Sustainability: The Case of a Regional Food System Effort in the Pacific Northwest (2007).

Large group interventions (LGIs) are a type of multi-stakeholder process designed to “get the whole system in the room” in order to develop shared understandings and agreements. LGIs are said to be well-suited to the conditions of complexity, plurality, and uncertainty that are often associated with community visioning and planning settings. However, there is little research regarding what reasonably to expect from large group intervention processes and how best to design them. Sharing findings of a multi-stakeholder large group visioning and planning process in the Pacific Northwest, this article informs understanding of how and why large group interventions work, and their applicability to community visioning, planning, and development.

From Community Development, April 2010, Vol. 41, Issue 2.

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