I’ve been wondering for a while now what actually needs to start happening or what would need to happen in order for communities and local government to start addressing the predicted financial meltdown.
I guess I’ve been looking for a checklist or some kind of “how to guide” that I could look at to help me and others I speak to outside of work better understand how we can start to move forward. As a parent governor at my local school I’ve been intrigued by the early years foundation stage principles (PDF warning) and how the approach taken there is a lesson which can and should be reused and adapted to help guide us moving forward – perhaps this is too simplistic, but for me it has helped.
So I’ve decided to do just that and create a set of principles which could be applied to organisations or even communities themselves – I’d very much welcome comments as I’m sure I’ve missed things.
People and communities are unique
- Design “with” not “for” people and communities
- Design for Inclusion and accessibility
- Enable independence
- Foster health and wellbeing
Positive relationships and networks
- Respect diversity of opinions
- Connect people and connect networks
- Co-operate and collaborate
- Open by default
Enabling communities and environments
- Evidence based research and decision-making
- Support everyone to achieve
- Think Local and Global
- Digital infrastructure for smart communities/cities
Learning and development
- Learn, discover and explore though experience
- Create space for reflective practice
- Foster creative and divergent thinking
- Enable sustained learning