2 Responses to “Vending Machines or Barn Raising: The Role of Local Government in Community Building”

  1. Thanks for that Rick. I hadn’t seen this metaphor before and quite like it. In my teaching I emphasise that community engagement is a two-way process. I think like that this metaphor helps flesh it out a bit. Yes the vending machine is a two-way interaction but it is quite a limited interaction, whereas barn raising is much more interactive. Thanks for alerting me to it.

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