This chapter, co-authored by Saffron Woodcraft and Constance Smith, presents IGP’s community-led prosperity model as a planning framework for policy and decision-making about regeneration. It argues that sustainable communities discourse has become detached from lived experience and new citizen-led visions of prosperity are required to reconnect change in the built environment to opportunities for local communities to flourish in sustainable and inclusive ways.
How we think about prosperity is changing. Since the 2008 financial crash, the relationship between economic growth and quality of life has come under scrutiny; new measures of wellbeing, social progress and inclusive growth have proliferated. This article argues these new measures do not go far enough and more must be done to involve citizens and communities in developing locally-situated visions of prosperity.
What is a community and why is community-building important in today’s world? What does it take for a community to flourish and to help improve the lives of those who are a part of it? In recent years, researchers and policy-makers working on prosperity, happiness and wellbeing have reworked traditional notions of progress based on material wealth, and identified community and belonging as major determinants of a good life