Participative Progress Management
Holistic People Development
Inequality is the bane of modern civilization. Despite great strides in technology
the divide between the poor and rich widens. Democracy has withstood the test of
time but alas it has not been vitalized or advanced so that it becomes dynamic and
inclusive. With the result the system is driven by selfishness and avarice for personal
gains! In modern times democratic governance has been hijacked by the corporate
sector tycoons. Humongous amounts of funds are spent by politicians for campaigning
in elections and this is advanced by corporate and family business magnates; who
get their ‘rewards’ when their candidate gets elected!
Among the majority of the common people there is a feeling of helpless and selfishness
is rampant, the twin aspects that undermine progress. Helplessness of not being
heard and selfishness of being concerned only of themselves and their family! Apathy
is common and most citizens feel it is the government’s duty to do everything properly.
The government agencies are infected with corruption at all levels with the result
the quality of the services suffers; this has become a perennial problem that is
ingrained deeply in the system.
The present form of democratic governance reaches the respective constituencies
‘ward counsellors’ in urban areas and ‘village panchayats’ in rural areas, but does
not permeate into the neighbourhood and streets where the people live. Once politicians
get elected, most of them pretty much do as they please! It is quite difficult to
reach them and their personal and party benefits plays an important role in the
outcome of decisions.
Both ‘helplessness’ and ‘selfishness’ get addressed through Micro (individual) Macro
(Societal) Management Movement (4M) based on spirit-mind-body synergy and sociocratic
principles. Governance is primarily broken down to small groups of 20 to 25 members
and the focus is streets; since cities consist of neighbourhoods or localities and
at the end consist of streets! This system makes democracy more dynamic and inclusive
thereby alleviating chronic social ills.
Street Parliament Authority Network (SPAN) is a network of street resident groups,
numbering 25 are formed in each street; if the street is long more groups of 25
are formed. Each of them have a Chief Minister and Minister for all needs and functions
of civil society such as health, sanitation, education, water, waste management,
safety, greening, roads, adolescents , women welfare, senior citizens and so on
(a minister is one who provides or ministers service to others, a minister is a
‘servant leader’). Elections are done by consent and not by consensus, with the
result there is no 'opposition'. Even those who do not fully agree, consent to go
along with the common call. Participative Progress Management Accredited Practitioner
Certification Program from People Planet Institute covers all the above in theory
with practical visits.
Once when people are educated, empowered and equipped to achieve a better quality
of life through their collective effort they will realize the benefit and start
following the same. Through 4M various social issues also get addressed since people
encounter the transformative power of unconditional love in action. Negativity aspects
that prevail get exposed and positivity is given an opportunity to prevail. This
program is facilitated by ‘Anbin Makkal’ or ‘People of love’ since the formation
of the groups of 25 street residents / representatives is done through concern for
one another , which is a basic aspect of un-conditional love.
“Family is in essence a small nation, and the nation a large family. In treating
his own family with dignity, a ruler learns to govern his nation with dignity”
- Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 1
The legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth;
for the neglect of education does harm to the constitution. The citizen should be
molded to suit the form of government under which he lives. For each government
has a peculiar character which originally formed and which continues to preserve
it. The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy
- ― Aristotle
Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers
a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental
stewardship and strengthen governance.
- Ban Ki-moon
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE?
Good governance is accountable
Accountability is a fundamental requirement of good governance. Local government
has an obligation to report, explain and be answerable for the consequences of decisions
it has made on behalf of the community it represents.
Good governance is transparent
People should be able to follow and understand the decision-making process. This
means that they will be able to clearly see how and why a decision was made – what
information, advice and consultation council considered, and which legislative requirements
(when relevant) council followed.
Good governance follows the rule of law
This means that decisions are consistent with relevant legislation or common law
and are within the powers of council. In the case of Victorian local government,
relevant legislation includes the Local Government Act 1989 and other legislation
such as the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, and the Equal Opportunity Act
Good governance is responsive
Local government should always try to serve the needs of the entire community while
balancing competing interests in a timely, appropriate and responsive manner.
Good governance is equitable and inclusive
A community’s wellbeing results from all of its members feeling their interests
have been considered by council in the decision-making process. This means that
all groups, particularly the most vulnerable, should have opportunities to participate
in the process.
Good governance is effective and efficient
Local government should implement decisions and follow processes that make the best
use of the available people, resources and time to ensure the best possible results
for their community.
Good governance is participatory
Anyone affected by or interested in a decision should have the opportunity to participate
in the process for making that decision. This can happen in several ways – community
members may be provided with information, asked for their opinion, given the opportunity
to make recommendations or, in some cases, be part of the actual decision-making