Without conflict there would be little passion and interest in most community initiatives. Conflict within controversial community development projects is capital that can be reinvested and serve as a positive source of energy that benefits the project. To illustrate this point, this article looks at a composite of three actual sub-watershed projects in Iowa's Maquoketa River Basin and analyzes how the different levels of conflict affected these projects.
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Zacharakis, J. (2006). Conflict as a Form of Capital in Controversial Community Development Projects. The Journal of Extension, 44(5), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss5/4