the lie I have reason to value oten hangs on the possibility o my acting together with others who havereason to value similar things. Individual capabilities depend on collective capabilities.” In act, as Sen’s ownormulations about the importance o “public discussion and interchange” imply, the capability o choosingitsel may be, in essence, a collective rather than an individual capability.” (Evans. 2002)
Socio-ecological participationthe practice
Beginning with what is
, what exists and, in particular, individuals and small groups alreadydemonstrating the will to take responsibility or change, we have chosen several multi-nodal, oten parallel,processes that seem most helpul in building thick networks o socio-ecological capabilities. These are:continuous social conversations, alliance and partnership building; appreciative inquiry; accredited capacitybuilding in community development practice; and the people’s housing process. It is recognised that thereare other processes (like micro-credit clubs linked to housing) and denitions o processes that are notexplored in this chapter. It is also recognised that many o the case studies listed below could all within morethan one category.
Continuous social conversations, alliance and partnership building
The capacity o ocials to build capabilities in continuous social conversations, alliance and partnershipbuilding, in ormal and inormal ways, within enabling policy rameworks appears to be one o the keysto successul implementation o existing policies within sustainable neighbourhood design. Ocials whoare able to play an active role in participating with communities through providing deep knowledge o theplanning laws and processes; active participation in conversations that co-create solutions within legallimits and constraints; making connections between various participants in local spaces that generate newenergy; actively seek ways o making possible creative innovations within accountable and ethical terms o engagement between community, private and public sector partnerships contribute in major ways to buildingspaces o possibility.