Introduction

image Although many communities are very concerned about sustainable community development, there is a systemic failure to capitalize on one another’s success and learning due to critical implementation gaps, communication failures and gridlock in the planning and implementation. Unsustainable development is a fundamental failure to learn from our history of boom and bust cycles of exploitation, lurching from species substitution to the next, as extirpation occurs. And if unsustainable development is a failure to learn, we need to develop new models of ‘learning communities’ based on sharing (S-learning) strategies, where knowledge is shared within and among organizations with the intent of increasing the volume of opportunities with the strategic advantage of shifting the speed of exploitation of knowledge (Kurtz and Snowden 2002).