IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

SMIT Technology, IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

We should all be involved in the process of change. Everyone – individuals and companies alike – have a role in our pursuit of sustainable development. The common elements to sound participation are as follows. Many people are involved. The work of the community is not considered to be the special province of a knowledgeable few – perhaps the same elite leaders who have always run community affairs – but it is the business of everyone. Development is people-centered. Participating communities and companies are open to involvement by many groups. They divide up responsibilities in a way that draws on the special talents and interests of contributing organizations by assigning responsibility for independent action to these groups. Participatory development is open and advertised. The business of participating communities is open to all and widely-publicized. Citizens are informed by a variety of means about the community’s work, and opportunities for citizens to find meaningful roles in contributing to that work. Secrecy – which only leads to suspicion, distrust, and ultimately to the death of community involvement – is strictly avoided. This kind of development is open to all ideas. In participating communities, there is no such thing as a bad idea. All ideas are welcomed and treated with respect. This not only honors the person whose idea is put forward, but it also sets a welcoming tone for fresh ideas and inspirations that might otherwise be hidden due to fear of ridicule. Participatory development is inclusive and diverse. In a participating organization or community, no distinctions are drawn among various groups and types of personalities who offer themselves to community involvement. All persons are actively welcomed into useful roles, regardless of their color, age, race, prior community involvement, level of education, occupation, personal reputation, handicap, language, appearance, religion, or any other factor. Participating communities know and recognize that, truly, we are all made equal, that we have an equal right to share in the work and benefits of community enhancement, as well as in its costs. The road towards sustainability involves everyone.