[Blueboard] How to manage conflict, build consensus and create communities
Baytion . Ma. Corazon
alunsina at admu.edu.ph
Wed Sep 25 22:17:31 PHT 2002
MANAGING CONFLICT, BUILDING CONSENSUS: THE XAVIER UNIVERSITY HOUSING
PROJECT (c2002) is the story of how a group of committed individuals
turned a 150-hectare property fraught with legalistic and social
problems into a vibrant community of people from all walks of life.
The property in question was Lot 3047 in Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City.
The group came to be known as the Community Development Committee (CDC).
On September 27, 1992, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, then president of Xavier
University, gathered the group and invited them to work together towards
realizing a vision of development for all: not only for Xavier
University's employees and Cagayan's citizens who needed reasonably-priced
decent housing, but also for the land's occupants who dreamed of owning
the land on which their houses stood.
To achieve their vision, the CDC tirelessly negotiated with
individuals--from sympathetic supporters to hardliners--as well as groups like government
agencies and the media; conducted endless information campaigns; harnessed
their skills, networks and linkages; and applied creative solutions to
problems. This book is their story.
Written jointly by Fr. Nebres and CDC members Estrella
Borja, Elizabeth Cabuguas, Isagani Daba, Joy Delgado, Imelda Pagtolun-an,
and Rachel Polestico, this book chronicles their individual and collective
experiences, and hopes to impart lessons and insights for similar undertakings.
MANAGING CONFLICT, BUILDING CONSENSUS was published for Xavier
University by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, and will be launched
at the site of the development itself, Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro
City, on September 26, 2002, 10 years after the first meeting of the CDC.
(The Ateneo Press: T02-4265984; 4266001 ext 4612/3/6; F02-4265909; Email
unipress at admu.edu.ph)
Read in order to live.
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