A new guide has been released to help communities tackle the major challenges facing New Zealand and ensure no one is left behind. With vision and leadership, disruptive changes become just changes.
“A guide to change for communities in Aotearoa New Zealand” helps communities develop shared visions and take collective action to address challenges such as climate change, rapid technological change, job change in regions and the transfer of renewable energy in a fair way. shares both positive and negative effects.
Building on the extensive efforts already underway in Aotearoa, the guide offers practical ideas, methods, tools and case studies to enable communities to lead change processes when faced with the challenges of environmental or social.
“Our communities can help drive positive change because they have a deep understanding of what’s happening, how it affects people and what solutions work,” said Catherine Leining, a Motu Policy Fellow and co-lead of the project.
Janet Stephenson, a co-author from the University of Otago, said, “People in Aotearoa New Zealand feel strongly about equity. The big changes we’ve all seen happen in a fair and equitable way. .”
The guide draws on Māori tikanga and education. It includes short case studies of transitions led by iwi, hapū and Māori communities as well as others.
Merata Kawharu, a co-author from Otago University and Takarangi, says, “Maori concepts and values have guided response and planning for change for generations—informing the purpose of change. as well as the process by which change must take place. The idea of ’just changes’, then, is not entirely new despite the uncertainty and complexity we face today.
“The case studies of the guide show that change can be difficult and slow and success is not guaranteed. But bringing people together through processes with a common vision and values can help make the difficult changes are possible,” said Troy Baisden, a Motu Affiliate and co-lead for the project.
The guide consists of four stages to help people work with others in their community in a reasonable transition process:
Will Allen, a co-author and experienced facilitator, says, “Building strong relationships is key to building trust and progress.
David Hall, a co-author from Toha, says, “There is no one size fits all solution. A reasonable transition must always emerge from a community process , to capture what’s special about that community, but also to legitimate. the results even if we don’t all agree.”
Troy Baisden says, “Through adaptive methods, communities can start without knowing all the answers and adjust their course as they learn what works.”
Catherine Leining says, “We are grateful for all the people who have encouraged this work. We hope that this guide will help to expand the community of practitioners who only support transitions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. country.”
A guide to transitions only for communities in Aotearoa NZ. www.motu.nz/our-research/envir … ces/just-transitions
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