Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




The origination of two projects, their development and implementation, described in this paper, illustrate a concept of non-partisan citizen leadership. The report begins with a discourse on the over-arching theme of community sustainability through discussions of our complex world and citizen participation in democracy. This leadership concept is embodied within the context of two projects, the Rural Community Leadership Project, and the Sustainability Forums Project.

Methodologies to examine community sustainability used by both projects described in this thesis were designed to foster proactive citizen leadership, which will help to plan their community's future. It provides for project participants at the local level to have ownership in every step of the process.

Qualitative methods were used to evaluate each project's effectiveness and include an assessment as to whether or not this type of approach has promise for more widespread adoption.


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