Community Involvement

For inclusive communities the involvement of all relevant stakeholders is essential. Involving the community means building relationships.

The community is at the core of placemaking, the process of involving people to “collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces” (PPS) and its engagement should result in integrated knowledge and be translated in actions towards more inclusive and responsive public spaces.

For practice this also means advancing the co-creation of knowledge, collaborative agenda-setting and joint decision on commitments.

Community involvement combines therefore elements of interactive engagement and intervention, provided that an active promotion of opportunities for participation is in place.

There are different ways of involving the community and for refining commitment, these goes from in-kind and financial support, volunteering, engaging in different tasks, contributing with opinion and local knowledge.

Enduring after all partnerships and through establishing and strengthening collaboration community involvement creates capacity to address changes in public policies.