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A transformation mindset as the basis for sustainable community development

Presented at the International Association of Community Development and
ACDA New Zealand conference, Auckland, NZ, February 15-17 2017

This paper raises the question of the implications of Community Development in accepting sustainable development as an underlying philosophy. We develop a sustainable transformation mindset that can be used to guide community development initiatives. We then briefly explore the role of work-based professional practice education in a “Capable Value set”. In examining education based on this approach we find that the learning community based and transformative - both for the learner and the community. As an example, we then suggest how it could be applied by using as lens for sustainable iwi development.

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A transformation mindset as the basis for sustainable community development

  1. 1. A transformation mindset as the basis for sustainable community development Presented at the International Association of Community Development and ACDA New Zealand conference, Auckland, NZ, February 15-17 2017
  2. 2. Samuel Mann @samuelmann Phoebe Eden-Mann Lesley Smith Glenys Ker Phil Osborne Philip Alexander Crawford
  3. 3. A restorative socio-ecological transformation.
  4. 4. Transformation mindset
  5. 5. Socio-ecological restoration over economic justification If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace…
  6. 6. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Transformative system change over small steps to keep business as usual
  7. 7. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Holistic perspectives over narrow focus
  8. 8. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Equity and diversity over homogeneity
  9. 9. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Respectful, collaborative responsibility over selfish othering
  10. 10. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Action in the face of fear over paralysis or wilful ignorance
  11. 11. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Values change over behaviour modification
  12. 12. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Empowering engagement over imposed solutions
  13. 13. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Living positive futures over bleak predictions
  14. 14. If we wish to transform ourselves and society, we need to embrace… Humility and desire to learn over fixed knowledge sets
  15. 15. Transformation mindset
  16. 16. Case study: Capable Values applied to community development
  17. 17. Professional Frameworks of Practice emergent
  18. 18. Philip Alexander Crawford
  19. 19. 1. Restoration of land and people inseparable 2. Rather than just working with individual learners, the approach is to transform mainstream education 3. Kaupapa Māori is inherently a holistic perspective 4. The work is about rectifying injustices through recognition of what is special about the people and place. 5. This is a community taking responsibility for its own people. 6. Despite centuries of inequity, mixed messages and uncertainty about future funding, this approach is plotting a course and already engaging learners. 7. Learning is by Māori, for Māori - it is not merely about acquiring some technical skills but rather about developing identity and personal knowledge to go with those vocational skills. 8. This is not an imposition of a rigid education or research model - instead it is entirely responsive to the community's needs. 9. While the statistics of educational underachievement might be useful in securing funding, the primary driver for this work is the strengthening of iwi. 10. This development is being undertaken as a professional practice masters with reflection and embedded contribution to community.
  20. 20. A transformation mindset as the basis for sustainable community development Presented at the International Association of Community Development, Auckland, NZ, February 15-17 2017
  21. 21. www.facebook.com/SustainableLens/

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