Interview with Elton Gatewood, Ph.D.

Describe your desk
Dr. Elton Gatewood holds a Ph.D. in Public Administraton, and has over 40 years of experience in Municipal Government Administration,Urban Planning, Community Development, Program and Organization Development, Program Monitoring and Evaluation, Economic Development, Civic Engagement, Public Participation, and Capacity Building
Retired from the City of Tacoma, WA after 37 years of service, and also worked as a Consultant and Urban Strategist with cities, national organizations, and foreign governments to assist them in developing programs and innovative approaches in neighborhood improvements, participatory democracy, and governance.
Dr. Gatewood is an adjunct professor and visiting lecturer at various colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest, and has spoken at workshops, conferences, and seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of issues, processes, and subjects relating to democracy, governance, citizen involvement, and community mobilization.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is based on over 40 years of experience in Public Administration work within diverse communities. The people that I worked for/with were anxious in being part of the decision-making process within their neighborhoods, communities, and cities. I was inspired to assist them in establishing a mechanism of public engagement that would provide approaches to insure their voice would be heard. I also provided them with tools that would help them self-govern and determine their priorities for improving their neighborhoods and the quality of life of its residents. The book is designed to assist neighborhood-minded people to organize at the grassroots, and offer simple steps for making neighborhood improvements.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords can contribute to my success of this book by making it available at a reasonable cost by targeting audiences, ie. neighoborhood activitst, community organizations, non-profits, government, students and academic institutions, and the general public interested in participatory democracy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing experiences and lessons learned, by utilizing practical hands-on approaches to addressing urban concerns.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a great deal to me. I hope that preparing this book, it is simple, clear and easily understood by any neighborhood group or grassroots organization regardless of where they are in development.
What are you working on next?
A more comprehensive book that provide indepth information on organizing, holding meeting, legal aspects of non-profit organization, recruiting members, capacity building and leadership, etc.
Who are your favorite authors?
I can name several that have made an impact in grassroots organizing and community development and improvement.
Published 2013-12-05.
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Books by This Author

A Practical Manual for Grassroots Organizing and Simple Approaches to Neighborhood Improvements
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,340. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Organizations & institutions
This manual is a practical guide to Grassroots Organizing, and Simple Approaches to Neighborhood Improvements. It is prepared to help citizens, governments, non-profits, sutudents, academic institutions, and community activists to build stronger and functional grassroots organizations dedicated to addressing neighborhood improvements. It also offer 8 simple steps for planning improvements.