Date of this Version
Cornhusker Economics June 3, 2015
Although community development has its roots in nearly a century of practice and research, it is only since the mid-90’s that community development researchers realized that to address larger and more complex societal issues, community members need to be more involved in the development process. One such awareness for greater involvement stemmed from Putnam’s wake-up call in “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital” (1995) where Putnam cited American’s declining civic engagement and social net-works. What has since evolved is the theory and practice of Community Engagement.