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

Tools, Community Innovation, Cities Deepening Community

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.”
Chiara Camponeschi

By Chiara Camponeschi

Chiara Camponeschi is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. She holds a BA (honours) in Political Science and Communications Studies and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. While at York, Chiara's interest in 'green consumerism' led her to critically evaluate the rise of 'citizen-consumers' and their implications for civic engagement. Chiara is exploring how cities are changing the landscape of climate governance and how emerging approaches to resilience planning might inform innovative and inclusive environmental urban policy.

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