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Leading the inclusive cityPlace-based innovation for a bounded planet$
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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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The diversity advantage

The diversity advantage

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(p.257) Chapter 10 The diversity advantage
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Leading the inclusive city
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Robin Hambleton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.003.0010

This chapter discusses current debates about diversity multiculturalism in modern society, and considers the role of cities in advancing the cause of equal opportunities. The main terms used in debates about diversity are introduced and defined. Different perspectives on urban diversity are considered. The chapter focuses on how cities are responding in a creative way to the challenges of diversity, and insights from progressive European cities are presented. Two Innovation Stories provide examples of place-based leadership in the multicultural city. Hamamatsu, Japan is attempting to advance intercultural understanding through a variety of initiatives. Toronto, Canada has been very inventive in tackling issues relating to equity, diversity and human rights in the city. The chapter shows how local leadership can promote community capacity-building to advance the cause of equal opportunities.

Keywords:   equal opportunities, diversity, Hamamatsu, leadership, multiculturalism, Toronto

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