Positive Deviance

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Identification
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Intent or purpose: 
In every community there are certain individuals (the "Positive Deviants") whose special practices/ strategies/ behaviors enable them to find better solutions to prevalent community problems than their neighbors who have access to the same resources. Positive deviance is a culturally appropriate development approach that is tailored to the specific community in which it is used.
Types of Participants: 
Engages the whole community.
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
process requires long-term commitment of group
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Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Specialized skills required
Background
Developer: 
Jerry and Monique Sternin
Epistemological Framework: 
Shares many of the same theortetical roots with Appreciative Inquiry
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
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Trainers: 
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Lisa Kimball washington, dc United States
Consultants: 
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Lisa Kimball washington, dc United States
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