I guess not surprisingly, I keep being asked for real-life examples of local governments applying ‘four pillar thinking’ in their planning practices.
To me, that would mean applying a cultural perspective in the development and assessment of ALL their policies and programs.
And the sad news is that I’m unaware of ANY local government that is doing this. Which is not to say that it’s not happening, but rather that I’ve become so downhearted that I’ve stopped looking. The weird thing is that the idea has gathered huge traction, but the practice (as is perhaps always so) drags way behind.
There are many obvious reasons why this is so. Chief among them, to my mind, is the persisting concept of ‘arts and culture’. Most ‘cultural’ plans art really ‘arts’ plans, despite my constant harping that ‘the arts’ while they are hugely important, are in fact a relatively tiny part of the way we make, store and transmit meaning.
I hope this will be useful to those looking for examples; please let me know what I’ve missed.