Governments are looking at ways to work together with citizens working to shape their living environment. Researchers at Wageningen University & Research analysed the power of these initiatives.
The research demonstrated that citizens are able to accomplish a great deal, be that in terms of managing a natural area or breathing new life into a monumental fort. However, these initiatives are only successful if the government and citizens move towards each other and work together in order to generate the mutual trust needed to achieve goals. In turn, this gives rise to a democracy in which citizens take an active role. Through this research, Wageningen is committed to improving quality of life.