Leeds organises an Equalities Assembly, participatory budgeting, intercultural dialogue platforms/round tables as well as MAP+ and the Migrant Community Networkers weekly drop-in. Additionally, the city has the Intercultural dialogue platform which was developed in 2010 when creating the ‘Vision for Leeds’ for the next 30 years. The city then undertook a public consultation to allow people who live and work in Leeds to respond on both short and long-term priorities. This was ground-breaking in terms of equal participation and was the first time the city used social media in the council on a mass scale, including blogging the opinions of each focus group and using people’s opinions inform the decision-making on future policy for the city. Further, the MAP+ ran ‘U Choose’ which provided an opportunity for individuals to apply for a small pot of funding. A community event was run in order to decide on the projects that would receive funding, which included intercultural projects.
Intercultural cities: good practice examples
The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.
The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.
This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.
To get acquainted with cities’ good practices related to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit Intercultural Cities: COVID-19 Special page.