chapter  5
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Needs and Rights: Some Formal Planning

Back home, the planning process began in earnest. At the planning workshop, Mela talked of her learning in Bangkok. She presented her stepped diagram for enterprise and waste recycling, which she never did have a chance to discuss in Bangkok. She talked of the need for strong organization and leadership, an alliance or network of small organizations, each with their own specific and local agendas around the city, but together offering an approach to build social as well as financial capital. She talked of partnerships with public authorities and with private-sector manufacturers of paper, plastics and other materials. There was the importance of profit sharing, of expanding markets to schools, of information on where to pick up what materials and where the demand may be for those materials. She gave examples of how their organization might give access to welfare, like the one in Pataya, and may offer training and other awareness programmes on health and home-based industries related to waste; of the need for a recycling resource centre on how to turn waste into marketable products; how land for such a recycling centre was needed and how maybe to negotiate

formal contracts with the local authority in order to move on from volunteering – a community contract, maybe.