We wanted to choose interviews that would cover different aspects of stewardship, so we could understand it from all angles. But it turned out we didn’t really have a clear/shared idea of what stewardship is.
So this is an attempt to break down stewardship into component parts – both to understand it better ourselves, and to choose the best people or groups to interview:
- From elsewhere
- Dictionary: "the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care"
- Wikipedia: "Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources"
- In Christianity: as a way of thinking about the environment and social justice, -- e.g. http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/stewardship/
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10).
What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord
- From within Edgeryders:
- "Stewardship is the act of taking care, preserving, maintaining. We mean it in the sense that communities – starting with us – need to become better at being stewards of public goods"
- "the ability to come together to take care of assets in an unstable context"
- "Stewardship manifests as the gardening of an ecology. In so much that it is not curation or archiving. Stewardship can only relate to that which is active - it acknowledges and works towards the preservation and growth of use value, exclusively. "
- "work against the sense of just working for today"
- "act as carrier of the learnings of what we develop around Stewardship to communities who...could benefit"
- "creating conditions for real support and mutual aid" [including mental health]
- "“responsibility of stewards to ensure something doesn’t get fucked up by externalities"
Breaking it down
- Dealing with public goods
- Support and mutual aid