We need Community Development not community makeover
Amidst the gathering storm of growing social inequality, economic turmoil, environmental degradation and global conflicts there is an urgent need for sustainable wholesome solutions. Instead what is offered serves the ideological expediency which consolidates existing power to the long term detriment of us all. In simple terms – the (super) rich get richer, everyone else…
We live in a world where it is possible for one of the world’s richest man to say: ‘It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be’.
Whilst it may be easy to state problems, the solutions and actions often proof elusive. In the face of this I want to argue that the skills and process of community development (CD) has much to offer part and warrants a far more central role in future policy making. In particular I want to argue this because so many people – politicians, civil servants, funders, would-be voluntary sector leaders and a new generation of volunteers and activists – appear to have forgotten or never heard of what CD has to offer and why it is needed.
This forgetfulness or lack of familiarity is no accident but part of a carefully cultivated and far wider erosion of social values to which I will return to in the next article.
 Thomas Frank – Pity the Billionaire