A Democratic City
Diverse voices are represented openly in both diverse and standard ways. Citizens have autonomy within a standard system. These diverse ways of representing enable a sense of community through common democratic rituals.
Democratic processes can become excessively lengthy as they are made more inclusive. Citizens still have autonomy within a standard system and with greater agency voices are more representative of communities. Actions, projects, needs and aspirations communicated and collected in both formal and informal ways are transmitted to local authorities by grassroots, cross-cultural pollinators and the Collective Community workers and their tools. These will be addressed in standards ways too but then adapted by these organisations to fit diverse needs and situations. They act as bridges. Despite all the hard work, there is still a proportion of people not fully being represented and involved. More importantly, a democratic city relates to a personal and symbolic level too. It is about enabling a sense of community and relationships of trust and care through new common rituals. Democracy is not only operational.