From Activism to Governance

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Peace Building
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“We believe that honesty, compassion, respect, non-violence and doing the right thing, is the
best of how we define human existence for ourselves, and our people.”

 Following civil unrest, activism, revolution or conflict, the task of building good governance is often overwhelming.  The initial task is one of  transforming groups from activists to politicians, where instead of confrontation and protest, the task is now of finding solutions and governing for all people.   In this environment, ambitions of power, self interest, corruption, and old tribal disputes may reemerge, and an absence  of law enforcement and a presence of an armed population may make this undertaking very dangerous.

The first small steps are to consider micro democracy improvements, micro security projects,   micro economic development, and the political and social development at the group, council, tribe or community levels. This may be about how we form community or neighbourhood councils, or even how we run meetings and make decisions.   This is also about efforts to control corruption, strengthening integrity, and respecting culture and diversity. It is about reconciliation and the relief of suffering.

The need is about helping the working level of groups and councils with little or no experience in governance development.  The need is often for  simplicity.

What is needed is a ready to use summary of the basics of good governance. I have produced a book written in the format of resolutions designed to begin the process of introducing the nature of policy development and government decision making. In using this information please be aware that applications may be different depending on whether needs relate to national, community or tribal governance.  There is no particular order for applying the material provided.  Start where you need to start.  Good luck.

This is only the beginning of the beginning.  For the full text of the book please see the ARTICLES Section on the left hand side of this of this blog. The information is best used in dialogue and with the accompaniment of experienced persons.   If you wish any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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