duty towards my neighbour, is to love him as myself, and to do to all men, as I
would they should do unto me. Book of Common Prayer
are those people or groups who are not directly involved with the organization
but who are affected by it. They may be those living nearby, or the community at
large. Neighbours usually have no direct contact with the organization, have
limited influence on it, but can be drastically affected by its behaviour. For
example, the new fast rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel will create
thousands of 'neighbours' for the rail company when the track passes at the
bottom of once peaceful gardens.
situations in advance: Each
organization should make efforts to contact their neighbours and explain its
operation, if this is likely to affect them. For example, when the US
Air Force was about to base large noisy tanker aircraft in the west
of England, it held meetings for local people explaining what was going to
happen, with the background and reasons. These meetings, turned out to be
very effective in diffusing a potential source of friction between the Air Force
and local people.
Who are they? Neighbours can be any
individual, group or other organization that are in some way affected by the
presence or operation of the organization. They may be adjacent residents, the
entire local community or of a transient nature in that they are just passing
by. Some examples follow:
who are concerned at a new supermarket being built in the vicinity because of
the probability of being woken at night from the noise of delivery trucks.
in a road with a school who find their driveways obstructed by parentsí cars.
farmer drawing water from a stream, finding that it is contaminated by a
neighbouring factory upstream to the extent that the water cannot be given to
living adjacent to a hotel who are disturbed by the noise of late-night