The trends that make #CivicCommons critical are international.
“Britain is being stripped of its social infrastructure: the institutions that make up its daily life, the buildings and spaces that host friends and gently push strangers together. Public parks are disappearing. Playgrounds are being sold off. High streets are fast turning to desert.
“Social infrastructure has no lobby, no registry of assets and certainly no government agency.”
In The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty makes the case for prioritizing investments in our civic commons. And offers calls to action:
- Talk about the importance of social infrastructure.
- Promise to set up a commission explicitly to audit what we have and help protect it.
- Commit public money to it, alongside gentle pressure on the private sector to do its bit.