Radical Community Development

Define: Radical Community Development, “is committed to the role of community work in achieving transformative change for social and environmental justice, and develops analysis and practice which move beyond symptoms to the root causes of oppression” (Ledwith, 2005) Apply: If multiple people in the community cannot buy houses because of discriminatory practices with lenders, they can establish their own Credit Union where neighbor can lend to neighbor ending dependence on the discriminatory lender. Adapt: Nurses in a community are aware of rising population of teenage mothers in their community instead of addressing only the symptoms of the problem, the nurses decide to create a sex education community program to teach not only teenagers about safe sex but also their parents and teachers. Ledwith, M. (2005). Community Development. Portland: Policy Press.

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