vision is like a lighthouse, giving direction rather than
destination. James J. Mapes, Foresight First
a community's future can be a difficult, time-consuming and costly
job. Community residents are often more concerned with their daily
routines than with thinking about a vision for their community's
future. Residents want good schools, decent jobs and a safe and
clean environment in which to live. Without a vision, however,
communities limit their ability to make decisions about these
issues - somewhat like driving across the country without a roadmap.
determine a community's future?
it be a consultant hired by the local government to develop
a plan, or should it be a government agency making decisions
about a new road, or perhaps a private developer constructing
some condominiums? All these could have a large impact on
a community's future.
of individuals in the community may be making decisions about
the community's future without input from a broad range of
residents. Residents need to take an active role in the determining
the future of their community - or other groups and individuals
will determine it for them.
from Building our future: a guide to community visioning by Gary
Green, Anna Haines, Stephen Halebsky http://s142412519.onlinehome.us/uw/pdfs/G3708.pdf]