April 29, 2014, 7:39 p.m.
A Day of Ideas at FutureShift http://bit.ly/1otabvR

Open sourcing how we create civic identity

What happens when neighbourhoods are really transient, when your neighbour changes from one year to the next?

Is it even possible to build a sense of identity or is the civic culture created more dynamic and even liquid, to quote Zygmunt Bauman?

How do people "pass the baton" of the local culture to the next newcomers that replace them?

Even more of a challenge is how do you develop civic identity in a town which not everyone feels included in? Especially in a town like Cambridge which we visited, which has both a very powerful brand - from the University to Silicon Fen - and where there is a perception of a city of two communities - "town and gown"?

How can civic initiatives below the radar develop their own identity and help shape too the civic culture of Cambridge, a "Civic Fen"?

People can relate to the initiatives in diverse ways, some because they've been through the same journey and others because they share the same interest.

It's open sourcing a way for locals to document civic activism around them. It's more than that. It's open sourcing the way of surfacing the civic identity of a local community.

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