Global community project

The Inclusive City Project started as a simple idea : to send a message of welcome to all kinds of people coming into the city.

Faced with increasingly divisive media headlines, Geneva-based social artist Dan Acher felt a need to take action. From his office over one of the main arteries into the city, he flew a flag with the words YOU ARE WELCOME. People saw the flag and identified with its simple message. The Inclusive City Project was born and has since grown into a global community movement, powered by YOU.

Call to action : show what you believe in

The Inclusive City Project is about clearly showing your support for diversity. It’s about countering exclusion with messages and acts of inclusion, because feeling included – that we belong – is essential to human health and happiness. You can add your voice to the call for a more inclusive world with three simple actions:

Display a poster of welcome – Put up posters in your streets, schools and shopfronts to take a stand against exclusion.

Share a story to inspire acts of inclusion – Tell your story to raise an honest discussion, even break taboos. Inspire others – one small, bold, act of inclusion at a time.

Engage friends and networks – Share your posters and stories in the real world and online, to amplify the message.

Chain reaction

Together we can get friends and family, schools, businesses, city councils, museums, theatres, festivals to take part. Get them involved in countering words of exclusion with messages of welcome, spreading the message that being different together makes our cities better.


Who’s financing this project? We are! Our own time and money are going into it because we feel that countering divisive talk is urgent. If you want to help or get involved please contact us.

The Inclusive City Project is a Dan Acher / Happy City Lab initiative. Dan is an Ashoka fellow who creates connections in public spaces. Check out his other projects and installations.

Check out #youarewelcomein and #smallactsofinclusion to see what people are posting around the world!