Samantha Anderson is a Senior Project Officer at Sustainable Cities
One of the recurring themes at the Sustainable Cities : PLUS Network 3rd biennial conference is how much one can learn from mistakes, and how much we want to hear from other people’s experiences with challenging situations. We used to talk constantly about learning from best practices, building on assets, accentuating the positive. Now, everyone talks about learning from mistakes- one’s own and others.
Is this a reaction to cities’ marketing and PR teams? Superficial speeches from politicians? Is learning from mistakes an attempt to balance this out, or is it really possible to learn more from mistakes than from best practices?