Doctoral Project Abstract
Meeting the Future Through Community Transformation: Breaking the Chains of Municipal Structure
Meeting the Future Through Community Transformation: Breaking the Chains of Municipal Structure is a two day seminar that identifies community transformation as the centre and source of human, organizational and social change. The seminar utilizes a systems approach to change, a community transformation framework that features four pillars:
- Transformational leadership
- Understanding turbulence and new thinking
- Reframing the community forward horizon, or 'futuring.'
- Innovation and adaption
The ultimate goal of the seminar is to create leaders that lead communities for the benefit of all in a dynamic and changing environment. Community leaders need to take up the challenge of transformational leadership, and begin the process of creating communities in a manner which brings about, not only a changed community, but communities that have changed for the better.
The seminar is designed to help those who are relatively new to the framework, develop the skills and understanding needed to take the participant from 'Novice Community Transformer' to a level akin to a trades apprentice, an 'Apprentice Community Transformer.' The participants will begin a personal journey to develop their capabilities to a high level of mastery so that they can apply systematic techniques and approaches to community transformation, warranting their recognition as a 'Master Community Transformer.'