The City as an Idea
Let’s start by stating the obvious: everything starts with an idea! Although it is often elusive, it always originates with an individual; soon it is backed by a group which expands to a community, and goes on to acquire a brand and a reputation. Ideas give rise to innovation, prototypes, small companies growing into multinationals; local and global initiatives, organisations, think-tanks, and opportunities for fruitful meetings, conferences, congresses, fairs and festivals bringing together people devoted to ideas, hungry for knowledge and driven by a common vision of a better world.
But to translate ideas into action – turning them from a personal dream into a statistical fact – we need key skills and predispositions, as well as more intangible elements such as charisma, talent, energy and passion. Is today’s Kraków an example of a successful idea?