I don't usually put up guest posts, but sometimes I have hubby do reviews for me! This is his review. Thanks, toots!
We both do volunteer work in the community but are not involved on committees or in municipal affairs. I have been a transportation committee chairman for a citizens group in a large city, and was the chair of the transportation committee of the National Chamber of Commerce.
The title of the book "13 Ways To Kill Your Community" seems counter intuitive to the subject, but Mr Griffiths is now in his second edition so it must work.
The book is an easy-to-read 150 pages. It gives thought for what would appear to be obvious points that, however, are all too often not followed. The anecdotes and examples better illustrate his points and do hold the reader's interest. I would also commend his straightforward use of the English language with out the over used embellishments of similar works, e.g., words such as paradigm and synergy, arrow diagrams, and historical quotes out of context.
Each chapter covers one of his 13 points with some, but not overly frequent reference to other chapters. Probably any reader will relate to some of the situations outlined , and may in hard reflection see some of their own attitudes for consideration.
In summary, Mr Griffiths provokes thoughts that could lead to positive actions. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in local affairs, concerned about local affairs, or considering involvement in local affairs.
Small towns across Ontario are struggling with declining business and shrinking populations—an economic shift that is forcing rural communities to reinvent themselves or die. Now, a lifeline is on the way—in the form of Doug Griffiths, the “Community Therapist” and founder of 13 Ways, Inc.