• self-help and self-responsibility are required for successful development
  • participation in public decision making should be free and open to all citizens
  • methods that produce accurate information about the community are vital to the process
  • understanding and general agreement is the basis for community change
  • all individuals have the right to be heard in open discussion, whether in agreement or disagreement with community norms, and the responsibility to respect opposing viewspoints
  • trust is essential for effective working relationships



  • all people have a basic dignity
  • people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their current and future well-being
  • participatory democracy is the superior method of conducting the civic business of the community
  • people have the right to strive to create an environment they desire
  • people have the right to reject an externally imposed environment
  • maximising purposeful interaction and dialogue within a community will increase the potential for learning and development
  • implied within a process of purposeful interaction is an ever-widening concept of community
  • every discipline and profession is a potential contributor to a community development process
  • motivation is created through interaction with the environment



  • people are capable of rational behaviour
  • significant behaviour is learned behaviour
  • significant behaviour is learned through interaction over time
  • people are capable of giving purposeful direction to their behaviour
  • people are capable of impacting their collective environment to formulate a desired future


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