Celebrating the City Has Evolutionary Impact

If we created City Day to celebrate our cities, this celebration would bring a focus to the value of the city to the majority of humans world-wide. It has the possibility of connecting silos, stovepipes and solitudes within the city.

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Regular city celebration would create a pattern of aligning diverse individual intentions to a celebratory purpose, bonding different cultures to a super-ordinate goal and negotiating resources across multiple interests. City celebrations could create a healthy competitive spirit between cities, encouraging cities to learn from each other (something the natural world encourages as intergroup tournaments within species – like the survival of the most resilient beehives who pollinate a single field).

City celebration is an act of appreciation. Like the methodology of appreciative inquiry it will open up a process of discovering who and what the city can celebrate, dreaming what is possible, designing the celebration and implementing the design. Such an act of multi-stakeholder engagement will point the city system into an appreciative direction which will raise the levels of awareness about the assets, benefits and capitals in the city.

Such a City Celebration may be the next step for humans to becoming city centric. The act of co-creating cultural consciousness will encourage city-zens to own the city through witnessing its value. Such action will not only take back city heritage but may allow City-Zens to claim it for the first time.

This city scale of appreciation could then act as a springboard for larger scales of appreciation at the eco-region and global levels. Perhaps, city celebration can act as a super-ordinate goal that will engender coherence at a scale most people can relate to. And in so doing we may mature the capacity of the human species into more vibrant effectiveness as Gaia’s Reflective Organ?

Just reflecting.

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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