Let’s suppose you have a really ambitious goal in life – you want to kill your community! You want to drive away people, eliminate jobs, undermine businesses, and you won’t quit until the whole place is in ruins. Don’t know how to go about it? You’re in luck – here is a handy manual, chock-full of proven ideas, for the up-and-coming town wrecker. This is the book for you!
But suppose you have a different goal – you want to save your community. You want to promote growth, ensure prosperity, build for the future. Well, you too can benefit from 13 Ways. All you have to do is follow the advice in reverse, and before you know it, you and your neighbours will have built a thriving, successful community that’s the envy of everyone.
About the Authors
Doug Griffiths has a passionate interest in promoting the well-being of Canada’s prairie communities. Co-author of the Rural Alberta: the Land of Opportunity report, he was at one time the youngest MLA in Alberta, and later a cabinet minister in that province’s government. During this time he visited most of the 422 communities in Alberta as well as in other western provinces and in rural locales throughout the United States to learn first-hand about the special challenges that confront small and not-so-small communities in the 21st century. He recently decided to retire from his government role and return to private life to concentrate on working with communities more directly.13 Ways is the summary of eight years of experience gained through this intense involvement.
Kelly Clemmer is a prize-winning journalist with The Wainwright Review and The Wainwright Star Chronicle, past Vice President of the Writers Guild of Alberta, and has been widely recognized for his contributions to enhancing the quality of life in rural communities.