Barriers and Responses
New Horizons in Environmental Politics series
Edited by Richard D. Margerum and Cathy J. Robinson
Chapter 14: From the table to the street: strategies for building a more inclusive collaborative process
This chapter addresses the challenges of generating full representation and inclusion for marginalized populations within collaborative planning processes. It argues that collaborative theorists and practitioners must move away from the metaphor of the table, which requires invitations to access and is inevitably located in the rooms and seats of power, to the metaphor of the street: a contested public space with open access, multiple points of entry and exit, complex movement, and self-organization. Using two US case studies, the authors present four essential steps for integrating the voices of marginalized populations: recognizing emerging stakeholder groups, using research to learn about marginalized communities in the local context, starting with the grasstops, and using a variety of formats and multiple locations to engage in dialogue.
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