What Makes A Good Regeneration Worker?

All regeneration and strategic planning professionals need to have excellent formal qualifications and wide experience; the job is far too important for anything less. But what other characteristics are also required to make a good regeneration official into an outstanding agent of delivery on the ground? Here is a list of such characteristics, from a rather specific observational position.
Here are some suggested stereotypical characteristics of the ideal regeneration or urban / rural planning worker:

  •   Willing to listen and learn; everyone has something to offer
  •   Open to the idea that communities change over time
  •   Realistic about the balance in plans and designs of art and application
  •   Knowledgeable about the area’s infrastructure and transport arrangements
  •   Involved in the community and active in establishing good local facilities
  •   Not afraid to challenge the status quo, but also keen to keep the peace
  •   Gets quickly to the bottom of the issues; there’s lots to do!
  •   Manifestly focused on what works and what’s sustainable
  •   Ultra-aware that time is precious; opportunities need to be seized
  •   Motivated by making things better for all stakeholders
  •   Sensitive to the requirements of those less able to articulate their needs

Have you spotted the tongue-in-cheek subtext of this list?
The ‘hidden message’ is of course offered only fun; but the actual listed characteristics are in my view a fundamental requirement of any competent regeneration worker, however formally qualified they may be.
What do you think?
This list was devised as part of a discussion about developments inhigh-rise living, for an Urban Design Week Coffee Shop Debate in Liverpool, September 2007. It was also published as a New Start external blog.

Posted on October 5, 2007, in Equality, Diversity And Inclusion, Hilary's Publications, Lectures And Talks, Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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