self-organizing community responses to a drug epidemic...a question

Joelle Lyons Everett JLEShelton at
Sun Jun 6 20:10:13 PDT 2004


I'm thinking about The Tipping Point--identifying things which are small
enough to tackle, which work against entropy.

I'm not on my own computer at the moment, but when I am home I will send you
 an e-mail address for Laura Porter, so you can find out some of the
innovative work she has done with small and large communities through the Family
Support program in Washington State.

They have helped communities work against youth drug use by tackling some of
the root causes.  One project worked to identify vulnerable kids and
strengthen their network of relationships. One project worked against meth labs by a
number of methods, including monthly family potlucks so families knew each
other, and had a common perception of the problem.  Their program is based on solid
research and principles, and keeps good track of outcomes.

Good luck!


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