Readings

Find a list of recommended readings (books, reports, blogs, websites etc.) related to the Communities in Nature interests and activities. This is by no means a comprehensive list of literature but you may find it useful if your work involves making your organisation more socially relevant and engaging with your local communities.

Growing the botanic gardens/museums social role

Crooke, E. (2008). Museums and Community: Ideas, Issues and Challenges. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Hooper-Greenhill, E., Dodd, J., Creaser, C., Sandell, R., Jones, C., & Woodham, A. (2007). Inspiration, Identity, Learning: The Value of Museums Second Study. Leicester: DCMS and RCMG.

Lynch, B. (2011). Whose Cake is it Anyway? A Collaborative Investigation into Engagement and Participation in 12 Museums in the UK. London: Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Silverman, L.H. (2009). The Social Work of Museums. New York: Routledge.

Communities of Practice

Wenger, E. (2006). Communities of Practice, A brief introduction.

Wenger, E. (1999). Communities of Practice. Learning, meaning and identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Byington, T. A. (2011). Communities of Practice: Using Blogs to Increase Collaboration. Intervention in School and Clinic, 46 (5), 280-291

Community engagement methods (Community participation and involvement)

List of public participation methods by People and Participation.net

Heritage Lottery Fund (2010). Thinking about…Community Participation.

The Scottish Government list of methods to engage with communities

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2009). Good practice in community engagement from an equality perspective. Equality and Human Rights Commission

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