A Citizen's Guide to Community Social Planning

Resources by Michael Clague


Michael Clague


Michael Clague has a long history of working on social planning and social justice in B.C. and was one of the first Executive Directors for SPARC BC. He has taught and written and published extensively on public policy issues, community development and social planning. His most recent book is called Staying True, Staying the Course: A Study of Ten Successful Community Service Organizations in British Columbia (1997-2008). Michael was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2008.


Below are publications and resources produced by Michael Clague. Click on an image to view / download the corresponding PDF book.



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Guidebook: A Citizens Guide to Community Social Planning
May 1993 by Michael Clague


A timeless, comprehensive guide for any community group or person interested in community social planning.


What is Community Social Planning?
Community Social Planning is a process for building community well-being. It is defined as “a local, democratic system for setting priorities, arriving at equitable compromises and taking action. It supports community needs and interests in social, cultural, economic, and environmental affairs.” (Michael Clague.Guidebook - A Citizen’s Guide to Community Social Planning)


Discovering Why We are Here, Book 1
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills
1995 by Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


Discovering Why We Are Here gets to the heart of people’s goals and aspirations for the future of their community or neighbourhood.


Living Our Values, Book 2
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills Guides
1995 by Deborah A.Bell, Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


A guide to reaching common values and putting them into practice.


Thinking Creatively, Book 3
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills
1995 by Deborah A.Bell, Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


A guide to help groups put their creative energy to work.


Making Choices, Book 4
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills
1995 by Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


Community groups are always having to make choices - what are the most important community issues? Who should be included in decision-making?


Building Community Alliances, Book 5
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills
1995 by Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


A guide to help your group figure out who else to work with and why. An alliance is an association of groups or organizations.


Planning and Facilitating, Book 6
Strengthening Communities: A Series of Community Development Skills
1995 by Michael Clague and Leslie Kemp


This guide is intended to help facilitators use any one of the Community Development Skills Guides.