Discussion Boards – 2 – Distribution of Power and Influence

Distribution of Power and Influence

Summary of the Distribution of Power and Influence discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021

  • 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?

What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you think the solutions to this topic are as we move out of the pandemic?


  1. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 9:52 am · Reply

    Neighborhoods and cities are becoming more central to people’s lives. These are the birthplaces of leadership, and the opportunities for an individual to have impact are increasingly local.


  2. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 9:58 am · Reply

    People increasingly see value in having local places (inside their 15-minute walk window) to bump into other people. Parks, modified intersections, wider sidewalks in commercial districts with more places to sit and visit will reshape our interactions and influence.

  3. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 10:16 am · Reply

    In well-run, governments like New Zealand, the importance of responsive and responsible leadership are celebrated. This strengthens trust and governance. In nations, states, and cities where leadership has become incompetent and corrupt, such as the recent Texas storm causing mega-power outages and deaths resulting from lack of preparation in equipment and backup systems, greater change of power will emerge. Expect this to continue with increasing climate change.

  4. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 10:22 am · Reply

    Great cities have leaders that stay elected due to their ability to listen to the values, passions, and needs of people. Those cities that tend to crumble over time allow their leaders to overly-listen to people and corporations focused on cutting costs.

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