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A Vote for Expanding Stakeholder Engagement to Include More People

I read the following, and thought that I might contribute something to this discussion:

“The focus thus far has been almost entirely on what governments need to do, and who should pay. In some quarters, business interest has even been viewed as inappropriate competition for scarce resources.”

“Engaging the private sector is essential for multiple reasons. It can mobilize financial resources and technical capabilities, leverage the efforts of governments, engage civil society and community efforts, and develop innovative climate services and adaptation technologies.”

My comments:

In many articles about mitigation of global warming, and in many approaches to accelerate responses to global warming, there is a tendency to look in the direction of government—or, as in this article, the private sector. And yet…every person—in communities around the world—is a stakeholder in the responses, and outcomes to global warming (and to many other challenges), and every person—in communities around the world—can make improvements to how wisely they “invest” their time, energy, and money.

What we could have—and what we truly need at this critical time—are collaborative problem solving processes which help citizens understand that the investments of time, energy, and money (the “votes”) each of us make in our everyday circumstances become the larger economy. And that wisely directed, such “votes” can result in countless ways of earning a living which contribute to the peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecological sustainability efforts necessary to overcome the challenges of our times. Citizens from every variety of circumstances can learn how to wisely cast such “votes”—through workshops and meetings at Neighborhood Learning Centers during a stakeholder engagement process like a Community Visioning Initiative (and through local learning networks, for people who have difficulties attending meetings).

There are many critical challenges converging now [see this writers’ “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (1 page)]. One way of exponentially accelerating solution-oriented activity at the local community level is for stakeholder engagement processes to engage more of the people who are stakeholders—that is, to maximize citizen participation. Many more people can understand that they have a civic responsibility to wisely direct their “votes” of time, energy, and money. This writer has proposed a Tipping Point Action Campaign which would encourage and support implementing 1000 Community Visioning Initiatives, in communities around the world. The discussion can, and should be, more and more about what we—collectively—need to do.