Whatever you do, it’s nice to create a good positive ripple effect.
Capacity building is a process
Capacity Building is the process by which individuals and organisations in the community obtain, improve, and retain the skills and knowledge needed to do their jobs competently. Capacity building and capacity development are often used interchangeably; however, some people interpret capacity building as not recognising people’s existing capacity whereas capacity development recognises existing capacities which require improvement.
Community capacity building is a conceptual approach to social and behavioural change. It can quickly lead to infrastructure and other developments that focus on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, businesses, non-profit organisations and governments.
The best capacity building tends to happen where many hands make light work, This will help to achieve development goals while enhancing the capabilities and potential of those who become involve Don’t be afraid of the time lapses between your dreams and reality. If you can dream about it, you can make it happen.
“Take action to improve your community, make a start and it can become perfect later”. Peter Sergeant
Everything starts with a dream. You can’t make something happen if first, you haven’t dreamt about it and the possibilities that might arise. Do you feel like you could be doing something more for your community, or are your dreams and aspirations becoming harder to reach because of the negative influences that are impacting on you?.
Isn’t it interesting that so many people, who have never tried something, are quick to tell you it can’t be done? Whatever your dreams are, start acting on them, for every dream precedes the goal. Foster community pride and appropriate local leadership will tend to take responsibility for some aspect of the community’s development.
Academics and governments tend to discuss how global forces shape the choices we need to make about our communities, rather than the needs of the real businesses and people who live and work there.
It’s great to think in terms of ‘community development’ and ‘economic strategies’, but it is the individual choices and actions that are the primary drivers. It is theses drivers which require a catalyst. Better communities arise from improved leadership, appropriate analysis and a high level of volunteerism.
The best community capacity building is about promoting the capacity of local people, the people who live and work there. Help them to develop, implement and sustain their own solutions to problems in a way that helps them to have control over their physical, social, economic and cultural environments.
One drawback of technology is that we are forgetting to talk to each other.
In building a community’s capacity, businesses and other organisations including the local government should be proactive in developing the community’s image. If you don’t it will emerge anyway from actions that are out of the communities control.
The branding and image are core elements in the promotion of the community and the self-esteem of community members.
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It is relatively easy to develop the next new thing, once. It takes an evolving approach to maintaining any long-term community innovation, which starts with a mindset that seems to be outside the norm in many of today’s communities.
Everyone can be involved and take a fresh approach to building their community’s capacity to bring about desired outcomes.
- Learn about your community and how it works.
- Understand the basic ways to make things happen.
- Creating a common vision and objectives for the future.
- Build the skills and confidence of individuals and groups.
- Adopt good project planning and implementation practices.
- Always be alert to new ideas and opportunities, everyone is exposed to them.
- Enhance your community’s decision-making and problem-solving processes.
- Creatively apply the attributes of entrepreneurship.
- Implementing practical strategies for creating change and innovation.
- Identify aspects of the community’s value chain that you can improve.
- Identify the ‘movers and shakers’ and support them.
- Government support should fit your strategy rather than their.