Written by Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, Architecture and Design Scotland

The power of the crowd is in mobilising ideas and feedback. It provides the opportunity for authenticity. From June 15-16, the World Town Leaders Summitwill be hosted in Edinburgh. A key element of the Summit will be the debating of a World Towns Agreement, crowdsourced from communities, institutions and organisations across the globe. A provocation setting out an initial framework around four overarching principles is available as an opensource, editable document for you to contribute to.

This blog looks at the idea of ‘plurality’ under overarching principle 1, The Uniqueness of Place.

In some places, you feel always the outsider. Even after a lifetime there. It's not about time. It’s about a specific way of seeing roots. Some see citizenship rooted in the norms, traditions and values of a specific place.

 In some places, you are accepted. Even after the briefest of moments. It’s not about time. It’s about attachment, an allegiance to ideas, possibilities, people. Some see citizenship as root-less, a value in itself, negotiated between people in places. A way of being wherever you are.

Participation is about finding the space between us. To connect. To act.

Source: Diarmaid Lawlor, LinkedIn

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