Step 4—Develop a Stakeholder-centric Strategy

No matter the goal, a strategy crafted with robust stakeholder engagement, including minority groups, women, and low income groups, is far more likely to meet a wide range of objectives. A stakeholder-centric strategy may take longer to develop, but having the buy-in of the community helps assure the success, and long-term sustainability of a project.

Resources:

Ceres and American Rivers—Restoring Flows: Financing the Next Generation of Water Systems, A Strategy for Coalition Building (2012)

This report highlights a range of innovative approaches to creating sustainable financing for our communities’ water systems. The report discusses specific actions that environmentalists, economists, water utilities, water users, financial institutions, foundations, investors and labor groups can adopt to improve predictable, secure revenue streams, leverage funding and financing options, and create partnerships to build and operate water infrastructure. 27 pages. Intermediate reading level. Read More…

CollinsWoerman—Applying Elements of Resilience to Prioritization and Decision-Making

Describes eight principles of resilience which should be incorporated into planning processes, from diversity and modularity, to trust and self-organization. 7 pages. Intermediate reading level. Read More…

Arnstein—A Ladder of Citizen Participation (2006)

Revisits a paper from 1969 which discusses eight levels of citizen participation, from Manipulation to Citizen Control. Highlights the idea that stakeholder engagement isn’t ‘checking the box’ but more of process which can always be improved upon. 13 pages. Intermediate reading level. Read More…

Race Forward—Green Equity Toolkit (2009)

Provides standards and strategies for integrating racial equity into the green economy. Offers a framework which includes principles, target outcomes, and indicators for explicitly addressing race, gender and economic equity in initiatives involving green-collar jobs. 44 pages. Intermediate reading level. Read More…