Samverkan för platsutveckling stärker sociala kitet

Bra, tredelat gästblogginlägg från unge och välutbildade Barett Steenrod  på högintressanta Strong Towns där han systematiskt går igenom vad s k micro cities(orter som faller mellan storstäder och ren landsbygd) kan göra kring place making.

”There are a number of best practices/principles that appeared to be most important, as I found them to show up with regularity in my research. 

The identification of assets and conversion of liabilities into assets is very important. 

Focusing on improving the quality of life for residents and visitors is important, as is growing the social network of a city. 

Starting small with events or initiatives and growing them into larger affairs is also key. 

Lastly, an investment of infrastructure is also considered important, and in some situations, critical for the success of some programs. ”

Steenrod skriver om betydelsen att identifiera stadens tillgångar i stadsrummet och även dess brister eller outnyttjade resurser för att kunna vända även dessa till tillgångar.

Det sociala nätverket stärks genom evenemang där skilda grupper samverkar och nya kontaktvägar uppstår. I andra delen pekar han just möjligheterna att stärka det sociala nätverken, eller det sociala kapitalet som vissa kallar det, om individer och grupper kan förmås enas kring ett framgångsrikt genomförande av en aktivitet.

”Even if a group of people have sincerely held legitimate differences based on ideology, they should still be able to work together for the purpose of creating something that is fun and independent of ideology. 

Someone who is left-of-left politically may find it hard to agree with someone who is right-of-right, but if these two people are paired together as volunteers to insure the success of the registration table at their community’s First Annual Gus Macker Tournament, as mature adults, they should be able to work together successfully. 

I believe this because each person will understand that the outcome of the event depends on their willingness to put the success of the event ahead of personal grievances over ideology. 

The power of creating programs and events in one’s community is that the collaboration that is required of individuals by the event serves as the basis for helping a community grow its social network. 

The stronger the social network of a community, the easier it becomes for a community to cast a vision for itself and then go and make the vision a reality.”

The Micro City Beautiful: Programming Drives Investment (Part 1) – Strong Towns Blog – Strong Towns.

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