Monday, November 3, 2008

Conclusions - Empowering a Self Directing Community

"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all or cannot so well do, for themselves - in their separate and individual capacities. In all that people can individually do for themselves, government ought not to interfere." ~Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln's sage words provide us with a powerful perspective that encompasses this approach to community building, management and administration. When you empower your members to take responsibility for fulfilling their own expectations you make a major commitment to sustainability. The organic nature of the Elicitive model fosters communication, development of adaptive behaviors, dissemination of values and increases opportunities for inclusion and participation. In many instances, the combined insight of literally thousands of vested individuals will provide new ways to perceive obstacles and discover attainable solutions. In addition, integrating community centric staff as participants develops a broader sense of community for both members and the company and sets up the parameters for mutually beneficial exchange.

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