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Communities: Making Yours Better

By Stacey Moncrieff, REALTOR® Magazine

Those who’ve made a commitment to strengthening their community—and over the years I’ve met many real estate professionals in those ranks—should get a hold of The Community of the Future, the third book in The Drucker Foundation Future Series (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers; $25).

It doesn’t matter whether your focus is your own town or city, your company, the global community, or even the virtual world. The book examines all those communities through a compilation of essays from some of the world’s leading thinkers, including author Stephen Covey and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

The essays range from the practical (“How Boomers, Churches, and Entrepreneurs Can Transform Society”) to the inspirational (“High-Tech Inner City Community Development,” about a for-profit venture that rose from the ashes of the 1967 Detroit riots).

The essayists offer no simple solutions. If there’s a single thread that runs throughout, it’s that we’re all in this together. In her essay “The Dream That Lies Before Us,” the book’s lead editor, Frances Hesselbein, president and CEO of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, says that “no one sector, no one government, no one industry, can mobilize citizens . . . to create the new community, the inclusive community that embraces all its people.”

Stacey Moncrieff

Stacey is vice president of business-to-business communications for the National Association of REALTORS®, overseeing the association's key communications with NAR members and REALTOR® association executives.

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