The methods Manavodaya apply in developmental processes recognise that every human system has a context: tangible elements such as the pressures, policies, and power dynamics that governs people’s behaviour. It also includes intangible forces such as perceptions: what people believe or assume to be true about the system they are a part of. To facilitate change and development one needs to understand this context, and to connect people through dialogue to try and gain knowledge about their difficulties and challenges in life.
Power of Self Awarenesss
The change must come from within, from within every individual and from within every group of people. In the quest for sustainable social change, fundamental importance lies in evolving human consciousness and relationships. This differs from the conventional paradigm of development, where experts implement strategies from the top-down, without taking into consideration the vast variety of complex underlying influences and powers within a community.