Can we define ethical standards for participatory work? (PLA 66)
In this article in Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) 66, th authors outline the ethical issues facing them in their participatory practice. The article discusses the statements of principles and good practice put together by the Participatory Practitioners for Change (PPfC) members to describe what kind of participatory work they hope for in their work.
This article tells the story of these repeated attempts to describe better participatory work and to define the ethical issues of participation and asks if clear definitions can be widely approved and applied. Can we define ethical standards for participatory work or do practitioners have to struggle with the ethical issues in each different piece of work?