System’s Thinking in Community Development

  • R. Warren Flint


At smaller scales, sustainable community development (SCD) practitioners will constantly find themselves in a “push and pull” situation with the community members they are working with. On one hand, community members always find it easiest to push or promote their specific issues of concern in isolation from one another (“The streets are always littered; we need more businesses downtown; there is too much fast moving traffic on the streets; the drinking water does not taste good”). On the other hand, the practitioner accomplished in system’s thinking should be able to pull the isolated opinions and concerns of community members toward a more systemic, integrated viewpoint of the real issues and how they are interconnected.


Sustainability Science Community Resiliency Industrial Ecology Leverage Point Industrial Symbiosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Warren Flint
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  1. 1.Five E’s UnlimitedNapaUSA

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