What it’s all about
A community charter is a mission statement resp. a declaration of intent of how people wanting to live and / or work together – for example in a neighbourhood, community or an institution – or how to create an initiative, so that all stakeholders can participate constructively and unfold their individual potential. It defines, so to speak, the roles and the rules of communal living.
In its execution, a charter may be more or less detailed. It can be a mere mission statement even binding rules, always in written form, though.
What a community charter serves
There are many different ways of using community charters. It serves the development of social organisms, among other things when it comes to
• developing a community of purpose
• making values liveable
• establishing mutually agreed rules of conduct
• developing ways for a healthy crisis and conflict culture
• promoting participation and self-responsibility of the stakeholders
• making the importance of democratic systems comprehensible
For whom a charter is meaningful
The development of a community charter is a practice based design process for
• Various forms of communal living (neighbourhoods, communes)
• communities (neighbourhoods, municipalities, cities and bioregions)
• Educational and social institutions
• Organizations and companies
• Experts e.g. from community, urban and regional development, social work, integration and youth work
• Mediators and mediators
Methods and scope
In a specially designed development process – which includes the reflection of values – elements from different methods of working with large and small groups are applied.
Depth and scope are adapted to the request.