Debating the Community Empowerment Strategy of Professional Organizations: A Case Study of New Home Land Foundation Assistance in Taomi Eco-village
In recent years, information and democracy have raised grass root, consciousness and community empowerment has had a great impact on bureaucratic and technocratic in practices. We favor community empowerment strategy in order to assist residents in learning and changing their ideas and behavior. Community empowerment policy in Taiwan, now has involves many nonprofit professional organizations and has produced many unanticipated consequences, especially during the 921 earthquake reconstruction. Based on these experiences, the role of professional organizations, specifically their involvement, detachment and types of interaction were very important. These had a great impact on the choice of empowerment strategy and are always the key points of success or failure in the community empowerment process. In the case of Taomi Eco-village, we found that the types and priorities of professional organizations strategy changed with the community learning and self-empowerment. Moreover, during this process, professional organizations had to continually evaluate their strategies and mistakes, the community residents while due to continually learn. Community empowerment strategy depends on smooth interaction between professional organizations and community residents, in order to build trust and sustainable development.