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Story One

She thought everyone could “do their own thing”

by Phil Bartle, PhD


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Efua strongly believed in the philosophy of everyone doing their own thing. That was the benefit of living in a free society. “Organizing,” to her, was militaristic and restricting of our freedom.

She felt comfortable in her client community, and was personable and well liked. Together they decided that what the community needed most was a large open sided covered platform for meetings and celebrations. There was a genuine consensus in the choice. Everybody expressed their willingness to pitch in and do what they could.

But they were not organized. There was no one to stand back and look at the whole picture and determine who should do what. Who was to bring the nails? Who was to draw a diagram of the structure? Who was to help paint it? Who was to go to the city to ask ministry officials for ceded funds? Efua did not identify potential community leaders and guide them in their leadership responsibilities. Efua assumed it would all fall into place, but everything fell out of place, and no facility was built. Her ideology caused their failure.

Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.

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