Participative Progress Management


Holistic People Development

THE CHALLENGE:
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.

THE INTERVENTION:
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.

QUOTES:

“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 creates 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 2010.

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 process.