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    • CommentAuthorbillpotap
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009

    Greetings.  These are from a document I helped write entitled: Community Development:  A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process.

    Good community development process . . .
    • Requires advocacy, because it intentionally seeks to
    reform or upend existing processes in order to create
    a process that will lead to more investment, connection,
    and authentic participation, especially
    among those who have had the least voice.
    • Is not merely a single process, but an intentional
    strategy that encompasses the various participatory
    initiatives in a community and effectively coordinates,
    links, combines, and supports these efforts to
    ensure that, to the furthest extent possible, they are
    working in concert, using a shared strategy and
    supporting a common vision.
    • Responds to and reflects a widely divergent set
    of interests.
    • Is not imposed on people—it requires their consent.
    • Persistently ensures that community residents are
    meaningfully engaged and have sufficient power
    to influence decisions in ad hoc processes and
    governance structures.
    • Recognizes that race, class, culture, and power
    are central issues in community development, creates
    safe opportunities for authentic dialogue, and
    addresses these issues in planning, resource allocation,
    implementation, and evaluation processes.
    • Fosters collaborative conversations that become
    more strategic, holistic, and systemic over time.
    • Anticipates conflict and seeks to bring it to the
    surface and discuss it in ways that acknowledge
    the differences, improve understanding, and forge
    common ground.


    The full document can be found here:


    • CommentAuthoracfonte
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009

    Good to hear from you Bill.  I have shared your comments with work colleagues here in Tucson.  In particular, the underlying issues of race, culture (and language, I would add), class and power are elements we often ignore or deny.  And yet, they fuel the obstacles we face in dialogue and engagement.

    • CommentAuthorhankjmatt
    • CommentTime4 days ago

    The underlying issues of race, culture (and language, I would add), class and power are elements we often ignore or deny.
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