Wednesday, January 13, 2016
"The risk of relying on stakeholder engagemment for the achievement of sustainability"
E. Collins, my former supervisor wrote the above paper / journal article.
It is one of the most influential pieces of writing in my work to date.
I find that when it come to consultation process involving Pacific people in Samoa and NZ, we follow the belief/process that we need to consult with communities.
That those communities' views are valuable in informing the work we do.
BUT, what if, the consulted community's focus is about guarding or retaining or controlling power for the benefit of those in power? and what if their motive is not in favour of sustainable outcomes?
Therein lies the problem with relying on stakeholder engagement.
And another obvious problem is that business will choose to hear/use the answers they already want to hear. Just sayin'