Building Sustainable Urban Communities: Can a common participatory space offer a solution?

Globalization and rapid urbanization in the developing world have been contributing greatly to a current unsustainable reality. In order to move towards a sustainable society, the strength of people working collectively as a community must be recognized and harnessed to begin making changes from the bottom up. This thesis will examine how a common participatory space has the potential to become a community hub, and to foster participatory dialogue, negotiation and decision-making within urban communities of poverty. After examining the current reality, including present development practices, this research strives to find universal elements for a common participatory space where vision building and strategic community action can flourish. This study also examines the processes needed to engage community members in the cultivation, creation and maintenance of a common participatory space.

Author: Frederick Ebeneku-Anim, Ingrid Jacobson, Margaret McRoberts, Pierre M

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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1 Introduction
1.1 Conceptual Framework
1.1.2 Sustainability
1.1.3 Basic Human Needs
1.1.4 Vision Building
1.1.5 Backcasting from principles
1.1.6 Network Theory
1.1.7 Emergence Theory
1.2 Intended Purpose and Scope
1.3 Research Purpose and Questions
1.3.1 Question 1
1.3.2 Question 2
2 Methodology
2.1.1 Initial Phase
2.1.2 Core Phase
2.1.3 Final Phase
3 Results
3.1 Current Reality in the Developing World
3.1.1 Globalisation, Urbanisation and Developmen
3.1.2 Variables Affecting Basic Human Need
3.1.3 What is Being Done?
3.2 Desired Future
3.3 Making a Case for the Common Participatory Space
3.4 Elements for the Common Participatory Space
3.4.1 Inclusive Space
3.4.2 Knowledge and Asset Sharing
3.4.3 Vision-Based
3.4.4 Participatory Governance Structure
3.4.5 Community Network Hub
3.4.6 Physical and Visible Location
3.4.7 Stakeholders’ Accountability for Maintenance
3.5 Process Guidelines for the Common Participatory Space
3.5.1 Entry Points
3.5.2 Community Driven Assessment
3.5.3 Reaching Out – Building Relationships
3.5.4 Building Involvement (Strengthening Relationships)
3.5.5 Cultivation of a Common Participatory Space
4 Discussion
4.1 Current Trends in Urban Areas in Developing Countries
4.2 Reflections on Elements for a Common Participatory Space
4.2.1 Inclusive Space
4.2.2 Knowledge and Asset Sharing
4.2.3 Vision-Based
4.2.4 Participatory Governance structure
4.2.5 A Visible and Physical Location
4.2.6 Stakeholders’ Accountability for Maintenance
4.2.7 Community Network Hub
4.3 Reflections on the Process Guidelines
4.4 Transitioning Communities Towards Sustainability
4.5 Challenges facing the creation of the common participatory space
5 Conclusion

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