ABSTRACT

The chapter introduces the principle of subsidiarity and argues that we need governance at the compound, block, and walking shed scales to establish a social order that enables residents to be creative, productive, and supportive. The chapter reviews ownership and governance models that can be instrumental in managing localization. These models are reviewed at compound, block, quadrant, and walking shed scales. The chapter argues that sharing, giving, and enjoyment are prerequisites for the kind of social organization the adaptation village needs to encourage residents to engage in management and governance. Sharing refers not only to sharing certain amenities, but also to networking to organize services in a mutually supportive way and diversify what is available locally. Giving (attention, time, labor, goods, or cash) creates strong ties between people, especially if it happens at the local scale. The most resilient and self-sufficient communities usually have a rich pattern of socialization, sharing, and giving that then makes the local governance work well. Enjoyment is also an important contributor. When residents take pleasure in their participation in social life, they are much more motivated to be part of the governance. Conflict resolution also works best in such social environments.