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By John Burnett

In 1998, searching for event and prepared to take a hazard, John Burnett left the comforts of the mainstream and have become a UN aid employee in Somalia. He used to be thoroughly unprepared for the realities of operating in a rustic with out govt or legislation, the place the one authority comes from a loaded gun. Held at gunpoint through a baby soldier, having to staring at a toddler die of malaria in his fingers, the adventure profoundly replaced the way in which he observed the world.

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At the same time, it allows us to discover and recognize the particular cultural differences that must be considered, understood, and retained in our particular venues. Finally, deep participation’s significance is strongly enhanced because it is based upon empirical observation. 28 So, if the practice focus and resulting theory building in this book are correct, this natural dynamic of the world is available for our use, but it normally remains hidden in times of stability. However, with the rapid and intense social change experienced over the past 50 years, deep participation dynamics have become discernible, but only if we look.

The link between deep participation and social change Now that we acknowledge the elephant, there is a basic question to ask—how is deep participation actually linked to social change in terms of social justice, poverty eradication, climate change, and securing peace? It is linked in two ways: the first is the increasing recognition of social factors in the economic, environmental, and political spheres; the second is the little recognized role of “the social” itself. Neither its inherent integrative power nor its functions are sufficiently understood.

But our new 21st-century social movements—including (1) the cessation of poverty; (2) diminishing climate change and creating sustainable environments; (3) securing the peace through establishing cultures of peace, and (4) ending domination and marginality across the globe—require a more durable and cogent solidarity. Deep participation’s stabilized and sustaining social energy, fueled by the solidarity of long-term connection rather than short-term mass defiance provides a sustainable base for these new social movements.

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