The Enabling City: Place-Based Creative Problem-Solving and the Power of the Everyday

Submitted by Sylvia Cheuy on January 9, 2013 - 4:13pm

The Enabling City: Place-Based Creative Problem-Solving and the Power of the Everyday is a tool-kit developed to illustrate examples from around the world that demonstrate the power of “place-based, creative problem-solving that can result when the “imagination and inventiveness of citizens, experts and activists” is leveraged to work collaboratively. 

The social innovations profiled in the tool-kit centre around core themes that encourage cities to be, “more inclusive, innovative and interactive.”  The themes are: place-making; eating & growing; resource sharing; learning and socializing; steering and organizing; and, financing.   These innovations are catalysts for social change and they demonstrate that, “citizenship is so much more than duties and taxes — it’s about outcome ownership, enablement, and the celebration of the myriad connections that make up the collective landscape of the place(s) we call home.”  

This resource has recently been translated into French, Spanish and Italian too.