What is mental ownership?
'The more involvement and effort to achieve a certain change, process or outcome in a situation, the higher the level of mental ownership possible for those involved. Theoretically, we can imagine a full continuum of levels of mental ownership, from very low by not having being involved at all, to very high by being the sole person that has decided everything and done everything alone.Furthermore, it is assumed that the level of mental ownership influences a person’s future engagement and motivation in situations involving the ‘thing(s)’ or situations, to which the person feels ownership.' ( from Breiting 2008: Mental Ownership and Participation for Innovation in Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development - opens in new window)
What mechanisms develop mental ownership?
•Some specific aspects stimulate the development of a sense ownership, among others:
•If all involved participate in the goal setting or strategy formulation, etc
•If all concerned are regarded as “equal” partners in the process.
•If all have a direct interest in the changes.
•If those involved give input to the process.
•If they can find their “fingerprint” in the final outcome.
•If they receive some form of recognition for their contribution to the process.