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Civic Conversation - Glasgow
The idea of civic conversation in the City was first raised by the philosopher Anthony Grayling when presenting the opening lecture in the GCPH seminar series in November 2004. Central to the idea of civic conversation is that it opens up dialogue for the multiple perspectives which combine to make a community. Grayling introduced this through the idea of the ‘polis’, a more or less integrated, self-aware community of people identifiable at least in part by its shared ethos and values.
The civic conversation approach finds its strength in an inclusive process, providing space for input from stakeholders, experts, non-traditional and even maverick views. It offers the hope of a city robust and effective in the face of uncertainty and change, not merely surviving in the 21st century but thriving in it.
The focus from the start has been to develop time, space and resources for the exchange of views and experience around defining issues for Glasgow’s wellbeing. Many of the resources we require already exist in the city.
Glasgow Centre for Population Health, plus a multitude of stakeholders in the City
Last updated: 8 Jul 2013
The civic conversation began with a series of one-on-one conversations around the City in 2006, gradually leading through a series of small group conversations to a number of 'core conversations' bringing together groups from all over the city. The process is now established and the conversation continues to take place in diverse places and on diverse topics.
Two reports are available for download below - a written report on the Conversation to end 2008 plus the award-winning Equal Exposure - a visual response to the civic conversation by artist and IFF member Jennifer Williams.
Documents for download
Click on the documents below to download them to your hard disk.
Equal Exposure - Civic Conversation in Glasgow
Artist and IFF member Jennifer Williams' award-winning visual response to the Civic Conversation (designed and produced by Locofoco Ltd)
Date: 09 Dec 2011 Size: 5.0MB
For a Resilient City - report on the Glasgow Civic Conversation
A written report of the thinking behind the civic conversation and its substantive insights and impact, December 2008
Date: 09 Dec 2011 Size: 200kB