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*There resides in all populations a "mass of sense lying in a dormant state - which good government should quietly harness." Tom Paine [1]


Community involvement is used here as a term similar to Participatory democracy W, and more recent terms such as Open source governance W.

Community involvement is about people and communities being able to play a full part in decision-making, for example local decision-making, and so influence the decisions which affect their lives. It is also about community empowerment, for example through access to appropriate information and adivce.

Proper community involvement is not tokenistic. Instead it is on-going, valued, meaningful, provides extensive opportunity and is genuinely and extensively influential.

Proper community involvement is not about allowing mere comment on decisions that have already largely been taken. Instead it begins at the design stage, the very beginning of any project or programme.

Proper community involvement does not include measures of success being foisted upon the community, or worse still simply being ignored. Instead it gives a primary role to the community in judging how successful a project or programme has been.

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References

  1. Guardian review of Hilary Wainwright’s book Reclaim the State: Adventures in Popular Democracy, July 2003

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