Your own idea

Talk about ‘community development’ is often littered with buzz-words. Terms like empowerment; grass-roots; community-based; participation – they seemingly get tacked on to any new policy or project to give it a bit of legitimacy or power. Sometimes true meaning gets lost.

I like this from a George Davies interview I was listening to, talking about a project he was part of:

“it is a network, it is a creating place where you can have a go at your ideas … rather than seniors in the church running an op shop and collecting money and making up food parcels to give to the poor, we made the space for people to have a go at their own idea.”

Now there’s a good thought to hang onto – making space for people, especially folks who are usually not listened to or don’t have much power, to have a go at their own ideas instead of getting told what they need to do.

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