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Communities and sustaining change
  1. John R Ashton, CBE, Joint Editor

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    The notion of sustaining change as part of communities owning the change process is well captured in an anonymous Chinese poem:

    “Go to the people
 live among them
 start with what they know
 build on what they have
 but of the best leaders
 when their task is accomplished
 their work is done
 the people all remark
 we have done it ourselves”

    The community development approach to change is as relevant to villages and urban slums as it is to groups of professional workers in bureaucracies or hospitals.