The case is elaborated step by step, each step focussing on a specific content commons component.

Case Background

The base documents for this application case are Cities Without Slums (at Scribd, by UN-HABITAT) and UN HABITAT's Strategy for the Implementation of the Millenium-Development Goal 7 Target 11 (at Scribd).

In the social architecture cities and slums are a macro-level complex in which public and private rights, responsibilities and restrictions are tightly interwoven. City life seen as an "event complex," is intensely vibrant, so much is happening in such a small area.

Baseline, Blueprint and Change

For diagnosing the slum "problem mess," the problem mapping could make use of the multi-level mapping & causal chain techniques illustrated at collaborative diagnostics examples (at PKC site) and in A multi level monitoring and evaluation standard in health care systems exploring the option (at Scribd, PKC e-book).

A problem map could be developed as part of a baseline initiative (at PKC site). The problem map could be generic (e.g., on the basis of the Cities Without Slums document, with UN-HABITAT as owner), or for a specific city, with the city-authorities as owner. The possible content of a city problem map is illustrated for Hargeisa in Somaliland (2007) by the Baseline chapter of the page Hargeisa Strategic Urban Planning (Actor Atlas).

The MDG 7 Target 11 is part of a global blueprint, which can be described in a blueprint initiative, this is a shared vision for a certain area of concern.

MDG 7 Target 11 By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

The description of the strategy of UN-HABITAT to achieve this target can be included in a change initiative. A wiki following the pattern of http://initiativenode.wikidot.com/ could support the strategy implementation.

In the strategy implementation national authorities and city authorities will be involved as well.

The possible content of a city blueprint is illustrated for Hargeisa in Somaliland (2007) by the Blueprint chapter of the page Hargeisa Strategic Urban Planning (Actor Atlas).

Note: the content commons codification is work in progress. Much of the content of Hargeisa Strategic Urban Planning (Actor Atlas) should be included in wikis following the patterns explained at Initiative Atlas.

Using the Content Commons Platform

Each further section explains how a component dictionary or atlas can capture elements from the facts or plans:

  • Actor descriptions are included in the Actor Atlas, as explained in the Chapter on Actor Atlas Use.
  • Each actor (group) has specific claims on resources that are included in the Entity Dictionary.
  • Several resources will be in limited supply, as confirmed by capital-based indicators included in the Indicator Dictionary
  • The limited supply of the resource acts as a constraint on development, constraints and their implications for sustainable development are included in the Constraint Dictionary
  • Interactions involving actors with (lack of) access to resources, are described in the Interaction Dictionary (concept)
  • The documents and services used to coordinate the actors' roles for effective results are described in the Actant Dictionary (concept).

…to Enable Participative & Sustainable Development Interventions

For a territory's baseline, the (socio-technical) intervention design targets affordable change towards the agreed blueprint.

Navigating within the accessibility space afforded by the constraints in the livelihood, the intervention design proceeds by articulating "a delta per stakeholder" in the claims on resources, the interactions and the actants.

The approach has been illustrated in a paper (on a very different case): A Multi-Level Model Driven Regime for Value-Added Tax Compliance in ERP Systems.

By having all content in wikis, the quality of baseline, blueprint and intervention design, and dialogues and communications with stakeholders, including smallholders, can be gradually improved, with inputs by all stakeholders.

This will enable consulted actors to draft and implement their share of innovative (socio-technical) designs.