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Neighbors can generate tremendous power when they come together as a community. They can influence the actions of government, developers, and other external forces. They can also mobilize their own assets—their passion, knowledge, skills, and relationships—in support of caring communities, revitalized neighborhoods, and a better world.

Jim Diers has a passion for building neighbor power. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for an Alinsky-style community organization, a health care cooperative, and a community development corporation. Diers was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988. He served under three mayors over the next 14 years as the department grew to become a national model for planning and development powered by neighbors.

In Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, Diers chronicles how the Department of Neighborhoods has involved tens of thousands of neighbors in the development of scores of community-driven plans and 3,000 neighborhood self-help projects. The book not only gives hope that participatory democracy is possible, but it offers practical applications and invaluable lessons for ordinary, caring neighbors who want to make a difference. It also provides government officials with inspiring stories and proven programs to help them embrace neighborhood activists as true partners.

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