Over decades we have successfully associated people in majority and minority communities and organisations around the world.
In India, given the demands on land, the pressure and benefits of capitalising on the country’s youth force, the potential displacement of people due developmental projects and many other such issues, highlight the pressing need for such a practice speciality.
The more formal contractual work has included working directly with community groups on work commissioned by those groups, such as:
- Providing strategic and logistics support to a group fighting compulsory land acquisition by a local authority (Australia)
- Supporting educational development in schools and other institutions who are providing services in areas with significant minority communities, and/or individuals with special needs etc UK, South Africa, Australia)
- Resolving long-running disputes between several animal welfare charities (Spain)
- Providing organisational development support to churches and parishes (UK, Western Australia)
- Supporting the development and running of an agency developing local tourist attractions and related activities (South Africa)
- Working with community groups as part of setting up or developing commercial organisations, where the commercial activity might impact (often negatively) on social life in geographical areas concerned.
The most successful work of this kind has been in mining because large open cast mines have the potential to create considerable environmental damage across large geographic areas. This will almost always create considerable alarm and antagonism in local communities where mining can affect local agriculture, water supplies, noise and air pollution, adversely affect tourism and so on.
In many locations around the world such as Australia, Mexico and Canada, mining can also have an adverse impact on the traditional ways of local indigenous communities – for example clashes over burial land and other sacred sites, disruption of fishing, hunting, animal grazing practices, and so on. This is clearly exacerbated if they have suffered from a history of unfair, dishonest and untrustworthy behaviours from previous colonising nations or bodies.
Why has our community practice been successful?
- It is intuitive that a harmony with community groups creates great value
- We use the same set of models to build successful organisations as we do to analyse and resolve community issues. This provides a common language and set of tools for everyone working across the boundaries of different organisations.
- Where relationships are conflictual we analyse the causative factors, and put in place changes to start the process of constructing more positive beliefs and ratings (mythologies) and more positive behaviours between the groups (cultures).