This guide is proof positive that brief and accessible discussion materials are all that people need to build a productive dialogue that yields countless, practical ideas. (In Decatur, participants in the Roundtables generated more than 400 ideas to help inform the city's strategic plan and, in the process, they began to understand one another and their potential--as individuals, and in groups--for bringing about positive change in their community. The writers managed to distill complex issues into ideas that any of us can grasp, and the simple presentation put participants at ease. It's a wonderful example for other communities.
Relevant to all walks of life
Covers a variety of perspectives
Uses clear, uncomplicated language
Promotes discussion of trade-offs
Shows a clear path to action