Bringing trust to the next level in cities

This is an interview with Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee, for the July 2019 issue of Urban Solutions magazine, which will be launched at the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum in Medellin, Colombia. The theme of the summit, to be held from July 10 to 12, is "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Building a High Trust City".

To reach a High Trust City stage, a city needs to look into three aspects of resilience - social, infrastructure and climate - because trust and resilience are interrelated, says Mr Desmond Lee. ST FILE PHOTO
To reach a High Trust City stage, a city needs to look into three aspects of resilience - social, infrastructure and climate - because trust and resilience are interrelated, says Mr Desmond Lee. ST FILE PHOTO

A: A High Trust City is one where citizens can go about their daily lives knowing that if they are considerate to others, others will be considerate to them. It is also one where citizens trust the city's institutions to look out for them and care for them. A High Trust City is one where social capital is strong and where it's being built on day after day. In order to reach that stage, a city needs to look into three aspects of resilience, because trust and resilience are interrelated.

First, you need to have social resilience. Society in and of itself, supported by the policies and programmes, is resilient in that there are opportunities for citizens to interact, to build trust with neighbours, the community and institutions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 07, 2019, with the headline 'Bringing trust to the next level in cities'. Print Edition | Subscribe