Points are taken from: Luís Aranguren Gonzalo (2010) The new orbit of social participation. Platform 2015 and more, Madrid.
Social participation is an end in itself. It is a value that since its implementation promotes the common good and justice. Participating is looking at the other and opening up to a space of mutual alliance and not of enmity.
Participation entails moving from complaining, apathy and frustration to a positive and constructive attitude: things can change.
Participation implies distribution of power and responsibilities and democratization of processes.
Social participation implies immersing oneself in a process of collective action: adding wills. As such, it is an educational process, which grows through credibility.
Participation entails a work methodology that stems from community development experiences: diagnosis of reality, intervention priorities, scheduled action plan, and evaluation.
Social participation requires the collaboration of other organizations and groups. The implementation of networks and platforms facilitates spaces for participation and seeks better results.
Social participation involves many forms of action: local volunteering, collective claims, writing to government institutions, demonstrations, meetings, communication with neighbours, etc.
Social participation is a form of political influence. We do not do party politics, but from organized civil society we build bridges of proposals or demands towards the different Public Administrations.
Participation is often a procedural experience, which tends to advance from more symbolic or less binding stages of participation towards a fuller and more useful participation, with experiences of distributed power.