In May I visited Russia and was surprised to have my stereotypes of the country and the people overturned.
Using Integral City eyes, helped me penetrate behind two polarizing veils – one defensive and self-justifying (aggrandizing?) filter created by Russia herself through state-influenced (controlled?) media and the other an accusatory finger-pointing filter fabricated by the western media. The two poles feed off each other and screen the real Russia I viewed with appreciation through Integral City Lenses.
The Nobel Prize of City Capacity-building projects was an Urbanfest event that created a perfect habitat for hearing from the City Voices of 15 Russian cities (from the 44 cities represented at Urbanfest).
What struck me, as I listened to the teams of each presenting city, was that each project spoke from one or more of the Integral City quadrivium of Voices.