NCB’s underlying philosophy is a developmental one.
In other words, a community’s potential always exceeds their current state of being. Thus, when NCB works with a community the ultimate goal is to help the whole community to move forward on their developmental pathway. This necessarily will require working with some of the individuals who make up the community. Although the primary focus of NCB’s services for communities is on indigenous communities, the system can be used for non-indigenous communities. The services available to be accessed entail four steps, the first three of which form the foundation for the next.
Step 1: Community DreamingThe first step in the NCB System for communities is to explore the ideal community from the perspective of the members of that community. It endeavours to create an ideal image of the aspects of the community sought by the members. The outputs of this step may take the form of a written document, but it is more likely to be a painting or a song that portrays the ideal in a form that is meaningful for the community members. The construction of this image may employ tools such as Technology of Participation Workshops and Open Space Technology.
Step 2: Community ProfilingThe second step in the NCB System for communities is to create a profile of the community in the context of the community development model devised for the Murdi Paaki ATSIC Regional Council by Patrick Bradbery and Michael Stewart. This model incorporates the five key factors for community success identified by the Harvard Indian Project in the USA. It recognises five stages of community maturity, each of which involves a different modus operandi for the community and its service providers.
Stage Characteristic modus operandi 1 Services are provided TO the community members 2 Services are provided FOR the community 3 Services are developed and provided WITH the community 4 Services are developed and provided BY the community 5 Services are developed and provided AS the community
The construction of this profile may employ tools such as Questionnaires, Technology of Participation Workshops and Open Space Technology.
Step 3: Community PlanningThe third step in the NCB System for communities is to devise a costed community plan that will guide the community in its work to move from the current reality as shown by the Community Profiling towards the ideal image created by the Community Dreaming. Each of the five key factors for success will have its own sub-plan, which will contribute to the overall community plan. The Beer Viable Systems Model (VSM) will be used as a framework for the plan to ensure its integrity.
Step 4: ImplementationThe fourth step in the NCB System for communities is to work with the community to ensure that the plan remains viable and that milestones are achieved on time and on budget. The implementation process is likely to include Courage to Be and Community Building Workshops.