19th Karlsruhe Dialogues – Speakers
1. What contribution to the quality of life and vibrancy of a city can civil society make through active citizen participation?
Citizen participation can reshape cities in the face of unthinking bureaucracy, sybaritic demand, and big industry. Over the past century we have allowed quality of life in cities to be destroyed by the motor vehicle. Slowly but surely citizen action is changing the way streets and roads are perceived and used – changes that are beginning to form and drive the political agenda.
2. In how far do cities have a responsibility for the coexistence of cultures and the emergence of a collective identity?
Cities that have been built on international trade are, as a result, multicultural and comprehend the benefits of diversity. In this way they differ from countries where tribal differences are more resilient.
The collective identity of a city is reflected in civic pride which is a positive force for the physical and social experience of the city.