The emergence of the emergence-based approach in community practice

Orna Shemer*, Hagai Agmon-Snir

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Community practitioners are often challenged to work in complex environments and situations that naturally occur in communities. This article focuses on the theoretical and practical use of the Emergence-Based Approach that is relevant for work in complex community situations. Using this approach, the practitioner encourages the emergence of novel ideas and initiatives, and engages a decentralized network of activists, helping them develop their initiatives. Using a field study, we compare this approach to the traditional Outcomes-Based Approach. Although their mindsets are very different, and even contradict one another, we suggest practical ways to combine the two in an effective way.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)133-150
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

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  • Complexity
  • Cynefin Framework
  • emergence-based approach
  • engagement
  • outcomes-based approach


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