Power, Politics and Community: Balancing Competing Interests 4/4

Power, Politics and Community: Balancing Competing Interests 4/4

Learning from Practice Seminar Series

When: April 4, 12-1 pm
Where: Gund, Room 124

Brett Moore on disaster recovery siteWhen working with communities there are always multiple interests that must be carefully understood and navigated to get the best outcomes for those who need it most. In the final seminar of the Loeb Fellowship Learning from Practice Series, Brett Moore, Arif Khan, and Shane Endicott will talk about their work in very different locales, from the USA to the developing world and humanitarian emergencies. The common thread: working for people in need in complex contexts. What roles can you take to help ensure communities get the best deal?

All community projects require the input of multiple stakeholders, and this process is often complicated, as the goals are not always complementary. The involvement of local government, community groups, and multiple donors or funding agencies necessitates a variety of approaches to develop projects and coordinate stakeholders to maintain inclusion and keep the needs of community at the center of the process. However, this is rarely easy in practice, as projects differ greatly, and group decision making is culturally dependent and inherently includes a range of biases, not always observable or fixed over time.

Moore, Khan, and Endicott will explain different contexts, approaches, challenges, and solutions, providing practical examples and highlighting deeper issues that can be explored early in the process. The goal is for students to be able to more readily understand complicated community programs and thereby seek alternative paths of inquiry and more nuanced approaches in their work.

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