HOW TO USE IT
This is a tool to help us understand what kinds of strategies are needed in a given situation.
If we are time limited and project driven, or have highly specialised requirements, we will work to educate, inform, consult and engage. Equally, if we are working with people in place, or supporting people in place to lead an initiative, we work to collaborate, cocreate or partner.
A critical aspect is that, once we invite contribution, we need to be prepared to accept at least some of it in order to at least maintain credibility, and preferably to ensure the work is relevant and effective. This means we must be prepared to change ourselves.
WHAKAPAPA AND OUR USE
We are always learning and refining how we work based on 'practice based evidence' as well as knowledge shared by others.
This tool has developed from Arnstein's 'Ladder of Participation' via the lens of indigenous evaluation practices, experiences in placemaking and new kinds of economies that work for everyone.
We use it in all our work and it can be particularly useful in helping systems to adjust and change. While we aim to spend most of our time at the wider end of the arrow, sometimes we also work at the narrower end, compelling people to make changes they may not wish to, such as when new strategic approaches are resisted. Or when car parks are removed.