Indy Johar: reboot democracy
We know - or maybe we don't know - how to express ourselves in representative democracy: we elect national governments, regional assemblies, local councils, European parliaments... and regularly dabble in referendums (mistake!).
But maybe cities are the best things to mobilise - small enough to feel the property of citizens, big enough to have power to get stuff done that matters. Social enterprise visionary Indy Johar has been involved in setting up the Hub movement for the last 10 years - off-centre open workspaces in city centres, containing a healthy variety of social, cultural and commercial projects.
He's now moved his attentions to "City Hall" - and wants to carry over the collaborative, convivial spirit of the Hubs to the way city development happens. The aim isn't just Partnership (the tired old planning jargon), but "Collective Impact". In his own words (from this blog):
Collective Impact is not about partnerships between a handful of key institutions sitting in a closed board room but rather about a new architecture for movements of citizens and organisations numbering in the hundreds. Collective Impact is a fundamentally different social scaling theory that changes everything. Collective impact represents a different politics of change that transcends partnerships between a sample of stakeholders and looks to all-embracing movements.
More here at his endlessly fascinating Dark Matter Laboratories blog.