What makes a thriving community? There are many factors, but the three key components that are emerging as the most important for creating a thriving community, are:
Sustainability; local institutions , schools and essential services are working and effective, commerce and employment opportunties are available, and initiatives and programs in place
Collaboration; there is social capital and connectivity in the community which extends out to a multi-level governance structure with a shared willingness to work together to achieve outcomes
Innovation; the community is activated to be innovative to deal with changes and challenges at a local level as they happen, and empowered to make necessary decisions as required
Data is essential for the collaboration component of a thriving community, it’s also beneficial for analysing, measuring and reporting on the sustainability and innovation components. Collaboration, facilitated by data sharing, allows people at all levels of a community to be able to participate in decision-making and is an essential in being able to design a strategy for the future.