Developing Capable Communities


Author: Dr. David Blumenkrantz

This article points out the relationship between developing a sense of community and building their capacity for more comprehensive youth development strategies through rites of passage.

If rituals of initiation lasted for thousands of years in pre-modern cultures, how has its current absence impacted society? What would our world be like today in the absence of wedding and funeral rituals? What benchmarks and guides would help us navigate the complex waters of life in the modern world?

Written by Blumenkrantz, D., Reach Out, Summer 1990.

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