City development is about doing, about taking your idea and run with it. It is about connecting people around a theme, a place and their intrinsic interests. Learning or developing ideas work best if you are actively creating something and theory and meetings and reports take away energy and dynamics from Citymakers. Citymaking is about connecting people based on their similar and deeply felt interests. We always identify a theme by talking to people in the community, in the street. We then learn who the key people, they are always there. Then we connect them with each other and the institutional world if need be. We also always try to get a physical space to make this all happen.
For newcomers, we would advise to first do one or two projects with experiences Citymakers, that is a great way to learn.