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In conclusion: Approach

Since all building blocks taken together are a demanding task that is to be regarded as long-term, it is advisable to develop a sequence that is suitable and feasible for the respective context. The decisive factor is not the complete and comprehensive implementation of all building blocks, but a continuous processing of this field.

The approach of community development wants to encourage people to get an overview without delusions of control: It is about looking at the totality, understanding it and including it in community development processes. At the same time, it helps to have an awareness of the complexity of each community and an awareness that the desired overview will always be incomplete, i.e. an ideal. It is rather a matter of developing a feeling for the community and, from this attitude, taking an ongoing and attentive interest in the entire community, nurturing and developing it. And it is about developing the ability to assess and use the possibilities and limits of shaping a complex social structure.

 

ACCESS: A suggestion for the first step: The group from the ACCESS context that is dealing with the guideline for the first time (not synonymous with the start-up team from Building Block 9) can prioritise the building blocks and the individual questions. Each member of the initial group selects two building blocks and five questions that they feel are most urgent and important to the community development of the ACCESS context. These selections can be presented and discussed by all participants in a group meeting with rationale. Subsequently, the two building blocks and five questions selected by the majority are crystallized. Next steps can then be derived from this.

 

This guideline was developped by Anni Roolf (https://www.anniroolf.eu/)