Step 5: Empower others

To maintain community engagement and implement change you need to remove barriers to decision-making and action by gaining sponsorship and support from those gatekeepers in your organisation. This is achieved in part by having a cross-representational steering committee and clear lines of delegation from relevant authorities.

For example:

  • A member of the community is hesitant to support the community garden. They’re concerned that watering, weeding and general maintenance won’t be followed up. You invite them to be part of the steering committee for garden development, and invite them to lead the process of designing a garden maintenance program with regular involvement from neighbouring primary students, parishioners, and community volunteers. This opportunity in turn encourages other members of society who brought foods, recipes and plants from their own cultural background and the garden is transformed into a productive, flourishing, educational and inviting space.