Governance is a process through which decisions are made and implemented on a particular project or plan. Good governance is characterized by accountability, transparency, responsiveness, inclusiveness, and is consensus-oriented. But, it involves what some have called "an initial contradiction," that is, those who seek out a governance structure inherently hold more power and more information.
But this contradiction is why participatory collaborative governance is critical to success.
In our work with clients on any number of projects, the dynamics of each team have varied greatly. But there are clear patterns that emerge, as well as clear challenges.