What is the “technology” part of Technology of Participation?

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Many have come to think of technology narrowly…in relation to the internet and electronic devices.  But the term technology has a much broader meaning.

The word technology comes from Greek τεχνολογία (technología); from τέχνη (téchnē), meaning “art, skill, craft”, and -λογία (-logía), meaning “study of-”.[1].  So, by that definition, the Technology of Participation would be the study of the art, skill or craft of participation.  The group of folks who created, refined, and codified the Technology of Participation were just that…students of participation.  Their observations of how individuals participate in group processes led them identify some naturally occurring structures which were utilized to foster comprehensive, grassroots community development.  These structures were the foundations of what has become the Technology of Participation group facilitation methods.

Go here for a brief description of the ToP methods (click Full Screen).