Intercultural City Initiative

The Intercultural City Initiative seeks to activate an American version of Europe's Intercultural City Programme to help the city of Saint Paul and other interested jurisdictions in Minnesota learn to "perceive cultural diversity not as a threat but as an opportunity, and make diversity work to their advantage".

Project status: Underway


January 14, 2011 - Met with Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Marketing Director Jake Spano to pitch the Intercultural City Initiative concept

July 13, 2011 - Explored the future of Saint Paul as an Intercultural City using Joel Barker's Implications Wheel at the Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference

July 19, 2011 - Initiated plans to bring Charles Landry author of Intercutural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage back to town for a consultancy on Intercultural City strategies. This morphed into a distinct project of its own as we sought strategic partners. Go to the Charles Landry project page.

Throughout 2011 - Drafted and revised an Intercultural City Resolution to present to City of Saint Paul

January 10, 2011 - Distributed draft v2 of the Intercultural City Resolution to Saint Paul city staff and Mayor's office.

May TBD, 2012 - Intercultural City Workshop with Charles Landry (details pending). Link to project page.




Council of Europe/European Commisson's Intercultural City Index & Benchmarking Tool

Intercultural City Resolution - Working (Saint Paul, latest version)

Implications Wheel Results

ECTD Members & Project Participants

American Indian Family Center, ARTS-Us, Asian Economic Development Association, Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Center, Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Saint Paul Council Member Melvin Carter III, CultureBrokers Foundation, CultureBrokers LLC, East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Little Mekong, Local Flavor Travel, Metropolitan Council, mPaisley’s, Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Native American Community Development Institute, entrepreneur Al Paulson, artist Chamath Perera, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Preserve & Benefit Historic Rondo Committee, Selby Avenue Action Coalition, University of Minnesota Tourism Center, Visit Saint Paul, and Walker West Music Academy.


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