“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”
~ Margaret Mead
Over at Hunter of Genius, Maximillian Kaizen discusses the implications of Margaret Mead's revolutionary statement and gives several examples of urban renewal and she notes the work of Jaime Lerner in Curitiba. Lerner's achievements include solving helping orphaned or neglected street children and solving the city's flood problems, making Curitiba on of the World's Fast Cities.
Maximillian has high hopes for Cape Town which she describes as a "city [that] jostles between 1st and 3rd world: ideas, attitudes, infrastructure, cultures that don’t mix easily" and this has led to a flight of the creative class. Sounds familiar? His solution is to synergize the creative class.
I think the same could be done in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The entire archipelago could be dotted with Curitibas that have solved their problems with the imagination and will of a committed citizenry.
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