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Author - James Gruber
Publisher - New Society Publishers

New Society Publishers says, "Strong local communities are the foundation of a healthy, participatory, and resilient society. Rather than looking to national governments, corporations, or new technologies to solve environmental and social problems, we can learn and apply the successes of thriving communities to protect the environment, enhance local livelihood, and grow social vitality.

Building Community is an easy-to-use guidebook that distills the success of healthy thriving communities from around the world into twelve universally applicable principles that transcend cultures and locations."

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New Society Publishers says "James S. Gruber, PhD, PE, is Director of the PhD Program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, a member of the IUCN Council for Environmental Economic and Social Policy, and a recent delegate to the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. He has consulted for governments and NGOs in the US, Eastern Europe, South America, and Africa on environmental issues and local governance, focusing on citizen empowerment in developing and implementing policy and programs."

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With the COVID-19 challenges in our lives and our communities, the BLM protests that are raising awareness of critical issues of systemic racism in the US (and other parts of the world), and the caustic politics that are now permeating into our local community, I think this is the time to start re-building our communities from the ground up.  The underpinnings values of permaculture/permies I believe is directly in-line with the principles of the book that I and 25 colleagues just completed titled:  Building Community- Twelve Principles for a Healthy Future.  I would love your feedback from reviewing excerpts available on this site and on my book web page: https://buildingcommunity12principles.squarespace.com/

I will be joining your City Repair forum this week and hope to answer any question your may have and hear your thoughts on this 2 year writing efforts with contributing authors from around the world.   We are all seeking healthier and more sustainable communities!

Jim Gruber
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