A COMMUNITY is commonly considered a social unit (a group of people) who have something in common, such as norms, values, or identity. Often - but not always - communities share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood). Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large. The word "community" derives from the Old French comuneté, which comes from the Latin communitas "community", "public spirit" (from Latin communis, "shared in common").
INDIA BEING A REPRESENTATIVE & PREFORMATIVE DEMOCRACY - URBAN SOLUTIONS ARE STALLED OR OFTEN IMPLEMENTED WITHOUT DUE DELIBERATION AND DIRECT ENGAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS - RESULTING IN A LOT OF ARGUMENTS, CRITICISM & ACTIVISM; TALK BUT NO CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION. A PARADIGM SHIFT IS REQUIRED FOR CONTINUOUS ENGAGEMENT OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS (LEADERS, VOTERS AND ALL OTHERS WHO SUSTAIN THIS DEMOCRACY) IN AN EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE MANNER TO NEGOTIATE TRADE-OFFS AND REACH INCLUSIVE SOLUTIONS TO WICKED URBAN PROBLEMS IN A CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER; THEREBY MARRYING THE TOP-DOWN & BOTTOM-UP APPROACH (REMOVING BLIND-SPOTS WHICH PREVENT PROGRESS). THE RAPID RATE OF DEVELOPMENT ALSO REQUIRES A COMBINATION OF INTUITIVE AND DATA-DRIVEN THINKING TO AVOID REDUNDANT SOLUTIONS & IMPRACTICAL, UTOPIAN VISIONS.
THEREIN LIES THE AGENDA OF urban EXPLORERS - IT IS NOT JUST BUSINESS AND THAT TOO OF THE POWERFUL FEW; IT IS THE DRIVE TO SHAPE URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS - FOR THE POLITY IN THE ERA OF DEVELOPMENT-ORIENTED POLITICS. COME, BE THE CHANGE...
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