The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Thursday 8 November 2012

Relate, Relate, Relate

Source: tuchodi (Creative Commons)
In Real Estate the mantra is “location, location, location”.  In Community Development it is “relate, relate, relate.”

The basis of any good community development work is and always has been in the building and maintenance of good relationships.  When you think about it, it makes absolute sense.  Community development is work that is people-oriented, persons-centred (if you like).  Only secondarily is it about sitting down by yourself and writing reports, devising plans or going over a budget.

First and foremost it is about people.

When healthy relationships are built we simultaneously build into the social structure beneficial values such as trust, confidence and understanding.

With trust comes openness, transparency and letting go.

With confidence comes learning, creativity and empowerment.

With understanding comes acceptance, tolerance and humbleness.

All these values are vital in community development, and they come from something as simple as building relationships.

And how do we build these healthy relationships?  No differently than we do with our partner, spouse, parents, children, family or significant others.  We want what is best for that person, we want for that person to feel valued, appreciated and loved.  It is no different for a community.  Just a few more people involved.

The indigenous people of the country in which I was born, the Māori, have a saying which is well known and widely quoted:
“He aha te mea nui?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.”
(What is the greatest thing?
It is people, it is people, it is people.)
Its as short and as simple as that: relate, relate, relate.


  1. Sounds as if the Maori are wise people indeed sir.

    1. AS, I think, are indigenous peoples world-wide. My partner is presently reading a book called "Wisdom of the Elders" (Knudtson & Suzuki). Can't wait for her to finish so I can get my hands on it. A collection of the indigenous wisdom from many parts of the world about the connection between people, nature and the environment.


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