The Right to Speak and to Exist of Heritage Communities
Heritage Communities (HCs) often are formed as civic structures in opposition to public decisions which are perceived as dangerous with regard to their quality of life and protection of places that give shape to their identity. This puts them in the uncomfortable position of being perceived as the No-Side. To overcome this situation, many HCs developed over time a more proactive approach. The HCs are now fully aware of not being structures of representation, they do not 'represent' anybody: they are the active citizenship and they claim for a clear political role. Only the shared governance; only the shared decisional power can be considered 'participative' in the full sense of the term.