In our chapter, we reflect on the possibilities of purposeful community development in a non- linear understanding of society. We highlight the importance of strategy in a world where few planning rules and certainties seem to survive. This first of all requires a rethinking of what strategy is. In order to delineate possible strategies for community development, we discuss the links between community formation and the organization of space through planning, and from there, taking a distance from any pre-defined ideology or preferred planning form, deepen the discussion in the light of governance as a set of co-evolving actors, institutions, and power/knowledge configurations. Forms of organization are necessarily linked to and co-evolving with narratives on identity, community, and of governance itself. The web of co- evolutions does not preclude deliberate intervention however. We bring the concept of strategy into the discussion of newly delineating the deliberate in community reinvention through planning: which forms of strategy can work under the structural conditions revealed through the lens of complexity theory and governance theory? And how should strategy be understood in this context?
|Title of host publication||Handbook on Planning and Complexity|
|Editors||Gert De Roo, Claudia Yamu, Christian Zuidema|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Jun 2020|
|Series||Research Handbooks in Planning series|