- During the pandemic did Cities win power in terms of rising to the cause for local solutions or did they lose power by losing rights over privacy and personal autonomy?
- The rule of law has been seen to be very fragile with people protesting about restrictions throughout the pandemic that would not have been permissible previously (curfews, restrictions of movement, tracing, etc). The majority of people have been willing to give up their rights without debate.
- As a result of the pandemic people are identifying by City as opposed to State. With restriction of movement, neighbourhoods have been thriving. There is a possibility of creating the 15 minute city as the pandemic is causing bubbles within cities; and there is a danger of the city becoming a conglomerate of little towns.
- There has been a decentralisation of both power and infrastructure.
- There is an expectation that local government will take on a greater role and responsibility, which will be inelastic. With the rise of local orientation, there may be friction and competition between cities if not evenly managed. Leadership has never been as important, moving out of the pandemic (New Zealand is a clear example of inspiring leadership). Clear, direct and positive communication is essential.
- Power is related to Trust, which has become more important than Truth. Will trust continue to be more important than the truth, or will the common good prevail?
Distribution of Power and Influence
Summary of the Distribution of Power and Influence discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021
What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you think the solutions to this topic are as we move out of the pandemic?
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