PLACE DOCTOR: Course Three

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After receiving a thorough grounding in the history, trends, principles and evolution of practice in the fields of revitalization and resilience, you’re now ready to be brought up to date on the state-of-the-art: how to achieve crisis recovery, inclusive economic growth and community resilience simultaneously.

This is accomplished by studying Storm Cunningham‘s third book, RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity. You can buy the paperback or e-book version, or—if you subscribe to REVITALIZATION—you can freely access the illustrated, teaching version here.

RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity was published in January of 2020. It documents, for the first time, a reliable, universal, locally-adaptable process for generating local revitalization and/or resilience. 

Those of you who are new to the field might find it shocking to discover that the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on revitalizing places in recent decades has lacked any real process, and usually in a strategic vacuum, as well. Any manager or farmer knows that a process is needed to reliably produce ANYTHING.

All places trying to renew themselves or recover from a crisis have at least one element of the RECONOMICS Process in place. Some have several elements, while a few have most. But almost none have all.

As a certified PLACE DOCTOR, you’ll be able to help them quickly plug the gaps to greatly boost their success and ROI. With a deep understanding of the RECONOMICS Process, you will be able to help any revitalization or resilience effort be both more effective and more efficient.

You’ll also be able to help organizations—government, non-profit or for-profit—find their ideal place within that process, either to grow or to fulfill their mission. Lastly, you’ll be able to do the same for individuals—such as politicians, investors and entrepreneurs—helping them achieve success in a way that improves life for everyone.

The passing score for tests is 70%. You must complete Course One and Course Two before starting Course Three

NOTE: This book (which was published in 2020, before the RISING PLACES initiative was even conceived) forecast the creation of certified “revitalization and resilience facilitators”, which we now know as PLACE DOCTORS.

Here’s What Public And Private Leaders Worldwide Say About RECONOMICS:

RECONOMICS should be mandatory reading for all Mayors, Chief Executives and Directors of Planning in cities and regions.
Rick Finc, Principal, RFA Development Planning, Edinburgh, Scotland

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS is very concentrated, highly sophisticated, and stunningly accurate.
Merrit Drucker, Clean & Green Coordinator at Anacostia Waterfront Trust, Washington, DC

Storm’s RECONOMICS book transformed our latest project, which uses his 3Re strategy.
Doumafis F. Lafontant, Director, Lower Roxbury Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS hits the nail on the head!
Nalin Seneviratne, Director of City Centre Development, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield, England

Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS Process raises the bar for community and regional revitalization. It’s a powerful package, succinctly capturing the process that we have doggedly tried to identify over time, not always knowing the next step.
The RECONOMICS Process brings a holistic dimension to redevelopment, inextricably linking vision and task.

Eric Bonham, P.Eng, Board of Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, Director, BC Ministry of Environment and Director, BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs

RECONOMICS distinguishes Storm from other development experts in its comprehensive understanding of systems. He underscores the importance of process in achieving revitalization and resilience, which is crucial in this time of upheaval.”
 Rev. Dr. Steven E. Berry; Solarfest Trustee, former Vermont State Representative (July 2020)

RECONOMICS is required reading in the urban studies class I teach, and it should be required reading for every course on planning, economic development, public administration, economics and environmental management.
Robin West Smith, Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies and Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

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