Communities (cities, towns, and neighbourhoods) thrive and prosper when they are part of a cohesive society and have a strong local economy. It is usually during challenging economic times that discord arises. During such times, ethnic and religious differences are highlighted, and unless these are carefully managed conflict and violence ensue.
Managing ethnic and religious differences, in specific local communities, has become one of top priorities in the 21st century. From Ireland, to Latvia, from Iraq to Malaysia, and Belgium to Sweden, diversity issues are front and centre of the political agenda in the key population centres.
Carrying out a values assessment that highlights the values, cultural experiences and expectations in different localities, for different segments of the population is one of the most important ways of starting a values-based dialogue to bring people together.
A community values assessment is also a great way of surfacing the key issues that need to be taken into account in developing a vision and planning the future of a community.
The Seven Levels of Community Consciousness provides insights into how communities grow and develop.
Examples of Cultural Values Assessments
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