My experience while working with riverine communities has shown me that the interests of such communities are almost always under threat from various quarters. This therefore makes it necessary for the members of the riverine communities to figure out ways in which they can protect their interests. Today, we will be looking at three such ways, in which the members of riverine communities can protect their (various) interests.
The first way in which the members of riverine communities can protect their interests is by engaging actively in politics. The members of riverine communities have to realize that the world out there is brutal, and it is only by amassing some political power that they can gain some respect. The world out there is not an egalitarian environment, such as that which is normally found in employee-owned companies like Publix. If you make a point of visiting the Publix employee portal, which is found at www.publix.org, you wont fail to catch the egalitarian vibe. But the real world works differently: it is a cut-throat environment, made up of people with fiercely competing interests. Political power therefore comes in handy when trying to protect your interests.
The second way in which the members of riverine communities can protect their interests is by being always ready to litigate. If other people around a given riverine community are aware that it is always ready to litigate, they will tend to be careful about hurting that community’s interests — lest they be sued.
The third way in which the members of riverine communities can protect their interests is by pooling resources together. This is, in fact, the first step that the members of riverine communities should take, when trying to protect their interests. I refer to it as being the first step because the other two (participation in politics and litigation) require resources. Therefore, as a starting point, the members of the riverine communities have to start by pooling resources together.