Looking sideways at that place we call home

The place we call home. The place where we live and relax and our children grow. The community in which we hope to prosper.

Why do some places thrive whereas others feel left behind?

That question has no simple answer. The prevailing conditions of local communities and their local economies differ widely. Social and economic needs are dynamic. Local priorities may be reactive (coping with an actual or perceived crisis) or creative — anticipating future needs.

The question matters because we care — as individuals or whole communities — and our responses will be based on what we know, or think we know about the place and its people. The responses will also be constrained by what we are (or feel we are) allowed to do — individually or collectively.

Early in June, London is hosting the Intelligent Community Forum’s Global Summit — an opportunity to step back and take a fresh look at what works.

Over the next eight weeks, we are looking at various aspects of that central question. The weekly reflections in the series ‘Knowing Your Place’ kicks off tomorrrow with ‘Local Fabrics’ — a brief blog on the ‘indicators’ that stand out when observing communities that have prospered.

The series will be published on the Medium platform, via LinkedIn, and at groupeintellex.com and links will be flagged on Twitter with hash tag #intelligentcommunity.