As a warm-up exercise, think of the vision and the mission of your organization. If you do not work for an NGO or a municipality but would like to be involved in the community, think of what changes would you like to see in your local surrounding.
As a next step, think of the main values that are connected to the vision and mission. What drives you as an organization and/or as a person? What are the most important principles you base your actions upon? Try to come up with as many values as possible and then rank them, starting from the most important.
Now go back to the areas of focus when it comes to community development as described in this chapter. Here is a reminder of what they were:
- Rehabilitation versus new construction
- Resource abuse
- Natural/urban spaces
In which of the areas you could develop projects that are in accordance with your values?
Go back to the five characteristics of the well-tempered city. Here is a reminder:
For each characteristic, analyze the situation in your community and write down the most pressing needs you identify. Then write down of the assets your city already has. In which of the five areas your city has implemented programs or initiatives to make the community more sustainable?