Friday, January 20, 2012
Seven Generation Planning: The Importance of Community Participation
Some excerpts from the Jan 2012 Rawhide Press article by Melodi Wynne:
Elders, your participation is important because you have the wisdom and knowledge of our history on this land. You remember what it was like working together and helping each other out in transportation, housing, and all those other planning elements. You remember how people took responsibility to be involved when Tribal leaders needed to share information and get comments from the people. The SCP team needs to know and include those things in the planning process.
Young people, your participation is important because you have the dreams and visions for the future. You know better than any of us what the possibilities are regarding new ways of doing things using technology. You have the imagination and clarity to help us think about things in a fresh new way, to help us stop doing the same things over and over that might not be working as well as they could.
All you people in between elders and youth, your participation is important because you have a perspective on the reality of the situation. You have the knowledge about resources, what we have, what we can expect. You know our strengths, weaknesses and challenges, the local and national political situation, and you have ideas about how to improve where we are, what we are doing, where we can and should go, and at what pace.
The point is to get as much community comments and feedback as possible. Why? Because no one knows better than you what your needs are. Any development can impact us for generations, and development that does not benefit the people, can be difficult to correct. Future development needs to be guided by the people who use and live in the built environment to effectively address the people's needs.
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