Guiding Step 5: Dream, Vision, Imagine Your City

Make no small plans for they do not have the power to move human souls!

One person can dream a Vision that empowers his/her soul. But to dream a Vision that attracts the souls of others is a necessary step in the whole approach to evolving an Integral City. Many cities market their unique attractions for living, working or recreating. But few cities imagine a Vision of themselves as integral contributors to the great values chain of a Planet of Cities.

We live in a time, where every city needs a Vision of the unique value it offers not just internally to its city-zens and stakeholders, but externally to our Planet of Cities.

Appreciative Inquiry is one methodology that helps a group move through 4 key stages in a creation cycle, with a strong emphasis on Visioning:

  1. Discover – who cares about the city and will explore our common intentions, interests, skills, capacities?
  2. Dream – what Vision can we imagine that we can create together?
  3. Design – how will our dream manifest in the world?
  4. Deliver – how can we build our design?

The first 4 steps in our Practical Guide for Applying Integral City Theory have really been unpacking the Discovery Stage 1 of the Appreciative Inquiry model. Now that we have completed an Analysis, discovered our Assumptions, made sense of the city with integrally informed Information and shifted our Perspectives – we are finally ready to Dream Together.

Without a vision – a Dream – people perish. Why? Because they lack a destination to focus their capacities. When we embrace the four quadrants of an Integral Vision we open gateways for a whole flood of ideas, actions, relationships and systems. We create the re-sourceful pool from which Design can spring forth – and we even psycho-activate it!

Dreaming, visioning and imagining our city, enacts the stream of development that will move our network of connections, to communities of practise and ultimately emerge a meshwork  of the capacities that we need to Deliver our Vision – to make the Dream of an Integral City into a reality that serves the Planet.

By | 2017-04-07T02:57:30+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Inquiry, Meshworking, Spiritual intelligence|2 Comments

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/

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