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CDS Journals

12 February 2022

Community Development has been the official journal of the Community Development Society since 1970. Community Development is regularly published five times a year, in addition to occasional special issues. It includes a range of scholarly research, as well as a section on practice that replaces the content previously found in Community Development Practice

Community Development aims to advance theory, research, practice, and teaching that serves purposive community change. The scope of the journal embraces all specializations within the interdisciplinary field of community development, including social, economic, and environmental concerns. Accordingly, the journal welcomes manuscripts that report empirical research findings; build theory, research methods, or pedagogy; evaluate current practices; or critically analyze the profession itself. Authors are strongly encouraged to link research to theory and clearly state the implications of their manuscript’s content for practice and policy.

Local Development & Society  was established in 2020 to explore the potentials and limitations of local growth and to test evidence from academic research and practice against relevance to local communities and society.

Local Development & Society publishes theoretical and empirical research relevant to all aspects of localism; adapting or adopting changes in a product, content, process, or policy for a specific area or locale. Changes in local social, economic, and environmental systems continue to emerge rapidly, generating keen interest from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, as well as by citizen groups seeking to encourage healthier and more sustainable sources of livelihoods and culture in their communities and regions.

The journal's scope is global and of interest to diverse social scientists, planners, researchers, policy makers, students, and practitioners across myriad academic disciplines. The journal’s Open Access option makes research readily available to these and other audiences.

(Publisher’s standard terms and conditions of online supply are available on the Publisher’s website.)

Annual Conferences

31 January 2022

CDS hosts an annual conference on its own or in collaboration with partners like the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the International Association for Community Development (IACD). Presentations, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities are common offerings hosted by practitioners and scholars alike.

Check for information and updates about the upcoming annual conference.

Past Conference Archive:                                                     

2021 North Dakota – Global Challenges, Local Resilience

2020 North Dakota – Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

2019 Columbia, Missouri – 50th Anniversary Celebration

2018 Detroit, Michigan – Renaissance of Community

2017 Big Sky, Montana  Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together

2016 Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota  Sustaining Community Change; Building Local Capacity to Sustain Community Development Initiatives

2015 Lexington, Kentucky – Creativity and Culture: Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Health, Environment, Economic Vibrancy, Social Justice and Democracy

2014 Dubuque, Iowa – Renaissance: From Vision to Action

2013 Charleston, South Carolina – Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation Through Regional Collaboration

2012 Cincinnati, Ohio – Celebrating Community:  Sustaining Community Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2011 Boise, Idaho – Innovative & Creative Strategies for Constructive Community Change

2010 New Orleans, Louisiana – The Role of Community Development in Economic and Disaster Recovery

2009 Memphis, Tennessee – Celebrating Community: Finding Hope in Uncertain Time

2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada – Conversation, Collaboration, and Democracy: Creative Community Engagement

2007 Appleton, Wisconsin – The Magic of Community:  History, Change, and Regional Development

2006 St. Louis, Missouri – Communities That Click: Individuals, Families, and Organizations Working Together

2005 Baltimore, Maryland – Linking Community Development Practice to Public Police

2004 Cleveland, Ohio – Chance or Choice? The Urban Rural Futures

2003 Ithaca, New York – Community As Place

2002 Cleveland, Mississippi – Building Peace: Community and Diversity

2001 Duluth, Minnesota – The Times They Are A-Changing: Working Partnerships for Viable Communities

2000 St. John, New Brunswick, Canada – Rising Tide: Community Development for a Changing World

1999 Spokane, Washington – Community Building: Weaving the Fabric of Resilient Communities

1998 Kansas City, Missouri – Sustainability & Community: Critical Connections

1997 Athens, Georgia – Reflections & Visions on the Learning Community

1996 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – Windows on the World

1995 Fayetteville, Arkansas – A Vision of Justice Through the Globe of Villages

1994 Lincoln, Nebraska – Yesterday’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Design

1993 Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Rededicating Ourselves to Community

1992 Charleston, South Carolina – Communities in TransitionDiversity & Equality: Voices & Action

1991 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada – Developing Sustainable Communities: Local Empowerment for a Global Environment                        

1990 Little Rock, Arkansas – Community Development: Building Bridges for the 21st Century

1989 St. Louis, Missouri – Community Development’s Heritage and Horizons

1988 Davenport, Iowa – Community Development: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Vision

1987 Morgantown, West Virginia – Community Development: Responses to Emerging Realities

1986 Carbondale, Illinois – Capturing Community Initiative: Issues, Needs, Challenges

1985 Logan, Utah – Community Development: Creating Our Future

1984 Clarksville, Indiana – Community Development: What Works!

1983 Guelph, Ontario, Canada – Strategies and Implications for Community Development in a Period of Great Change

1982 Madison, Wisconsin – Creating Better Communities: Putting Theory Into Practice

1981 Hershey, Pennsylvania – Community Development Issues and Responsibilities

1980 Arcata, California – Cherishing the Past; Choosing the Future

1979 Kansas City, Missouri – Developing Support Through Participation

1978 Blacksburg, Virginia – Community Development: Making a Difference

1977 Hot Springs, Arkansas – Advocating Excellence in Community Development

1976 Boise, Idaho – Together: Let’s Put It Altogether

1975 East Lansing, Michigan – Current External Impact on Communities: Creative Responses

1974 Wilmington, North Carolina – Two Societies in Transition

1973 Vail, Colorado – The Power of Partnership in Community Development

1972 Columbus, Ohio – Community Development: For Quality Living

1971 Stillwater, Oklahoma – Community Development: Change, Commitment, Action

1970 Athens, Georgia – Developing a Sense of Community

1969 Columbia, Missouri – Community Development Issues

2022 CDS Conference

30 January 2022

Information and registration for the 2022 CDS Virtual conference is on our new website:

www.cdsociety.org/event/2022-cds-conference/

 

 

Webinars

26 January 2022

Please refer back to this page for upcoming webinars, or recordings of past webinars.

 

Community Development and Community Well-Being:

Exploring Relational Frameworks and Constructs

April 21, 2022, 1PM Eastern Time

Rhonda Philips, Purdue University

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Click here to view the slides.

How happy are our communities? Community well-being (CWB) is gaining attention as an emerging construct for understanding the collective “wellness” of a city, town, or neighborhood. Many of the same aspects of CWB have long been a part of community development scholarship and practice. In this webinar, we will explore how Community Developers are putting these ideas into practice.

 

Empathy, Community, and Youth: A Critical Intersection for Research and Practice

March 21, 2022

Mark Brennan (Penn State) and Pat Dolan (National University of Ireland, Galway)

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The critical intersection of empathy and individual and community well-being is increasingly being recognized. Included is a large and diverse body of knowledge linking empathy to positive social, emotional, and ultimately community development and achievement. In this setting, youth are being recognized as vital players in these processes.  

This webinar seeks to: 1) bring together diverse scholarly literature to show the social and biophysical impacts of empathy on well-being at the individual and wider community level; 2) provide a conceptual understanding that links and continues empathy development from the childhood, through youth, and into adulthood for sustained community action and engagement; and 3) explore ways for continuing empathy development across the lifespan, linking these to purposive community building actions.  

 

Successful Disaster Recovery: Lessons in Re-Inventing a Small Town After a Tornado

February 25, 2022

Angela Denton (Pilger, NE); Milan Wall (Heartland Center); Kurt Mantonya (Nebraska Public Policy Center)

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This webinar explores community development responses to a devastating tornado in Pilger, Nebraska. Insights from this seminar are intended to help community leaders and Extension educators as they work in communities responding to devastating natural disasters.

Sponsored by UK Extension, CEDIK; The Community Development Society; and The Heartland Center, University of Nebraska.

Members-Only Programs

26 January 2022

CDS Members enjoy other informal programming opportunities, including professional networking, online discussion forums, etc. Members are also invited to engage in CDS leadership activities through committees and their working groups, as well as service on the Board of Directors.

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Membership

16 January 2022

CDS is a membership organization designed to serve Member needs and interests.

The CDS membership is a broad network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who share an interest in building and developing communities—socially, economically, and environmentally. CDS Members represent a wide array of specializations: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development, citizen groups, and more. Over eighty percent of CDS Members are located in the United States, with the remaining Members coming from nearly 32 different countries around the world. 

As a benefit of membership, CDS Members receive:

  • Discounted registration for programs:
    • Annual conference
    • Periodic webinars
  • Full access to the Society’s journals:
    • Community Development
    • Local Development & Society
  • Full access to previous conference proceedings and webinars
  • Useful updates and information via emails and the Vanguard newsletter
  • Active engagement in CDS committees and working groups
  • Opportunities for dialogue and deliberation on shared interests
    • CDS Forum website feature
    • CDS hosted online gatherings
  • Professional networking among Members
    • CDS Connect website feature

All CDS memberships are for a one-year term from registration and include electronic access to the CDS journals (Community Development and Local Development & Society).

CDS has several membership options designed to support community developers in a variety of situations. Most academics and active practitioners should join as Regular members. However, membership categories also exist to support students, retired professionals, households with multiple members, and institutions with multiple members.

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Book Series

24 January 2022

In partnership with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, CDS sponsors two book series:

Community Development Research and Practice

Community Development Current Issues

Research Projects

24 January 2022

CDS seeks to advance its mission through research projects led by committee working groups and ad hoc committees:

  • Kellogg Diversity Initiative

  • Academic Accreditation

Community Development

20 January 2022

Community Development has been the official journal of the Community Development Society since 1970. Community Development is regularly published five times a year, in addition to occasional special issues. It includes a range of scholarly research, as well as a section on practice that replaces the content previously found in Community Development Practice

Community Development aims to advance theory, research, practice, and teaching that serves purposive community change. The scope of the journal embraces all specializations within the interdisciplinary field of community development, including social, economic, and environmental concerns. Accordingly, the journal welcomes manuscripts that report empirical research findings; build theory, research methods, or pedagogy; evaluate current practices; or critically analyze the profession itself. Authors are strongly encouraged to link research to theory and clearly state the implications of their manuscript’s content for practice and policy.

 

(Publisher’s standard terms and conditions of online supply are available on the Publisher’s website.)

Seeking a 3-year Editor for Community Development

As the Interim Editor's term expires on June 30th, per policy, the CDS Board of Directors is seeking proposals from individuals who wish to become the Editor of Community Development. The Editor’s term of office begins July 1, 2022 and runs for three consecutive years.

If you are interested, please review the Request for Proposals and contact Margaret Stout, Vice Chair of Operations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals will be accepted until May 2, 2022.

 

Programs

24 January 2022

Through its programs, CDS advances its mission and is responsive its Members’ professional development needs. All CDS Members benefit from reduced program fees, as well as members-only programming and activities.

Annual Conferences

CDS hosts an annual conference on its own or in collaboration with partners like the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the International Associations for Community Development (IACD). Presentations, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities are common offerings hosted by practitioners and scholars alike.

Webinars

As convening online has become easier and more popular, CDS offers professional development webinars.

Scholarships

The CDS Linda Sunde Endowment Fund was established by CDS members to provide a sustainable source of support to Members for conference participation, community development education, and community-engaged research projects. The number of scholarships and the amount awarded each year varies according to the funds available through investment growth in the previous year. The CDS Stewardship Committee makes these determinations under the guidance of the CDS Board Treasurer.

Awards

During its annual conference, the Community Development Society (CDS) has the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of its Members and colleagues through a variety of awards. We encourage anyone to recognize the work of their community development colleagues by submitting a nomination on their behalf.

Research Projects

CDS seeks to advance its mission through research projects led by committee working groups and ad hoc committees.

Member-Only Programs

CDS Members enjoy other informal programming opportunities, including professional networking, online discussion forums, etc. Members are also invited to engage in CDS leadership activities through committees and their working groups, as well as service on the Board of Directors.

Join CDS

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