The objective of this session is twofold: to pursue the exploration of the various dimensions and challenges in relation to governance and public management, and to attempt to identify concrete policies that show to what extent acknowledging urban diversity can constitute a substantial opportunity for innovation on political, social, cultural, economic and territorial levels.
Identify the differing dimensions of diversity: the multi-dimensional concept of diversity will be examined along with the stakes that citizens face to manage it in a globalising world context characterised by increased mobility. Furthermore, the session will address, among others, questions of political diversity (the diverse forms of organisation and representation of residents of cities), social diversity (in socio-economic, educational, professional terms etc.), ethnic and cultural diversity, gender diversity, inter-generational diversity, diversity in terms of urban landscapes (constructed and natural), diversity of urban territories (“formal” city vs. informal settlements, centre vs. periphery), etc.
Valuing diversity as a political opportunity. Managing diversity is a highly complex phenomenon; nevertheless, it is also a great source of innovation. Recognising and valuing diversity and its multi-dimensional nature through local and regional public policies can lead to the construction of cities that enjoy greater economic, social, cultural, political and territorial potential. The extent to which a city recognises its diversity is reflected, fundamentally, in the following aspects:
- the way in which political participation by all residents is ensured (men and women; youth and the elderly; migrants and natives; entrepreneurs and informal workers; inhabitants and informal settlement organizations; cultural actors…);
- the priority given to social policies aimed at combating social and spatial exclusion;
- the implementation of economic means aimed at reinforcing and stimulating diversity-promoting entrepreneurialism and the creation of reliable spaces for economic investment on different levels;
- an integrated urban planning that guarantees diverse and decentralised use of spaces, services and installations;
- the consideration of culture as a pillar for human development, democratic government and sustainability.
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