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Facilitating Self-governance: Possibilism and Pluralism in Citizen Co-creation

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Bruns, Bryan
Conference: International Association for the Study of the Commons International Conference
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Conf. Date: May 26-29, 2015
Date: 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/10429
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Global Commons
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Subject(s): participatory development
pluralism
self-governance
citizen participatory management
empowerment
Abstract: "This paper explores opportunities to facilitate the development of self-governance within feasible pathways for institutional change. Self-governance happens when people have the power to make decisions, on their own or in partnership with other organizations. Possibilism emphasizes the need to search for and create feasible reforms, exploring the 'adjacent possible' space of what may be achieved. Co-creating institutions involves trying to communicate about and accommodate diverse values. Frequently used methods for supporting self-governance include community organizing by facilitators; rapid appraisal techniques; workshop processes; cost-sharing and other subsidies; information; and enabling legal authority and dispute resolution mechanisms. Supporting self-governance requires going beyond critique to explore practical pathways, engaging with the diversity of values and value systems as citizens of co-evolving communities co-create their worlds."

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