In his book, author Tom Wolff asserts that in order to solve complex problems and build healthy communities we must form partnerships and collaborations. Wolf describes why the traditional community problem-solving methods are failing and offers six key principles to build healthy communities through collaboration: encourage true collaboration as the form of exchange, engage the full diversity of the community, employ an ecological approach that builds on community strengths, take action by addressing issues of social change and power on the basis or a common vision, and engage spirituality as the compass for social change.

Wolff, T. (2010). The power of collaborative solutions: Six principles and effective tools for building healthy communities. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.