Innovative and Resilient

Active communities that support innovation and resilience

Communities underpin the civil society and social fabric of cities and directly contribute to a city’s resilience to negative events – whether that be a natural disaster or a protracted economic downturn. Local communities are made up of many interests and backgrounds, including geography, culture, faith, interest, politics, sports, or occupation.  Most people are part of more than one community.  Strong communities drive local activity and support social cohesion and resilience.

Wellington’s communities drive local innovation by connecting people to each other and their resources, knowledge and skills.  But to do this, our communities need spaces and places to engage with each other and other communities.

Wellington, like other cities around the world, is facing the challenge of finding new and more efficient ways of meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population.  We need to find ways to engage people in the range and shape of the services and facilities the city provides to improve the effectiveness of these resources.

We need to think of new ways of engaging city residents – less formal, more timely, accessible in different ways.  Improving the transparency and accountability of city-level decisionmaking will help.  ICT and social media can also be used alongside more traditional engagement and consultation processes. 

We need to work to be more relevant and accessible to communities and individuals and acknowledge the value of their participation.

Active communities that support innovation and resilience need:

  • Spaces and places (physical and virtual) to develop and engage with each other
  • Participation and engagement supported by increased transparency and accountability of city-level decisionmaking
  • Use of ICT and social media to augment traditional forms of engagement to increase access and relevance of city and community-level activities