The Nature of Leadership: Ideas for Building Inclusive, Sustainable Communities

The Nature of Leadership: Ideas for Building Inclusive, Sustainable Communities is the third volume in the “Innovative Strategies Leadership Series” for locally elected leaders. Inspired by conversations at our Centre for Civic Governance forums, this handbook highlights leadership stories from across the country and beyond. It relates stories of individuals and communities who are boldly confronting the myriad challenges of the present age and making places in which they live more sustainable, more democratic and more just.

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PART ONE: Political Leadership

1.1 The Nature of Political Leadership – Ken Livingstone

PART TWO: Engagement Leadership

2.1 Leadership in the Public Realm – Adam Vaughan

2.2 Beyond the Usual Suspects: The Art of Civic Engagement – Dave Meslin

2.3 Portland Placemaking Mark Lakeman

2.4 The Gabriola Island CommonsSheila Malcolmson 

2.5 Participatory Budgeting in Guelph – Leanne Piper

PART THREE: Policy Leadership

3.1 Vibrant Regional Food Systems – Harold Steves

3.2 Tools for a Biodiverse Community– Grant Pearsell 

PART FOUR: Energy Leadership

4.1 This Green House: Building Fast Action for Climate Change and Green Jobs – Robert Duffy and Charley Beresford, Columbia Institute.

4.2 Generating Nelson’s Energy – Donna Macdonald

4.3 Greenest City Aspiration and Action – Andrea Reimer   

PART FIVE: Equality Leadership

5.1 First Nations Education: Identity as a Foundation for SuccessRobert Matthew

5.2 Maamawe: All TogetherAndrew Foulds and John Hannam 

5.3 Safer SchoolsCharley Beresford

5.4 Sexual and Gender Minorities: Respected and Included – Sarah Hoffman and Christopher Spencer

5.5 Leadership Isn’t Always Easy – Larry Hayes

PART SIX: Big Ideas

6.1 Building Democracy Before Age Six – Sharon Gregson

6.2 Equity and Public Education: Lessons from Finland – Bruce Beairsto

6.3 Restoring Democracy – Joel Bakan


About Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.