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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 3 Planning for real: the approach of the neighbourhood initiatives foundation in the UK

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 3 Planning for real: the approach of the neighbourhood initiatives foundation in the UK Tony Gibson In community development there is a need for Often "people who put down an idea wait for all views to be accounted for, yet the `talkers others to talk first about it, and then say nearly always win'. Local planners have the themselves: "I agree with you". The process rhetoric "what we want to do is consult you". permits people to have first, second and third At public meetings the outsiders sit on a thoughts - they can change their minds. "At a platform, behind a table, maintaining their certain point, you don't need words". A large superiority; when only a few people turn up, model allows people to address conflicts and only a few of them speak up, they say "It's without needing to identify themselves. It the indifference that gets me. Here we are depersonalises conflicts and introduces trying to do our jobs, and they don't come". informality where consensus is more easily Planning for Real attempts to bridge the gap reached. between `us and them', to identify local needs and resources, and to do it ...

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