...A strong version of civic accountability for participants that supports commons flourishing seems likely to require us to move towards developing a variety of intra-personal, inter-personal and political capacities that include:
• awareness of how historical antecedents shape my preferences, expectations and aversions and those of others, especially around dominance and deference.
• openness to hierarchies of skill, influence and experience.
• an installed capacity for learning from experience.
• an ability to move adroitly between feeling, imagination, discrimination and action.
• an ability to ‘voice’ opinions, proposals, insights and objections
• some awareness of the elements of group dynamics.
• a commitment to honouring the uniqueness of others through negotiation.
• a developed capacity for confrontation of both deference and dominance.
Excerpted from Denis Postle