On January 19th 2014, one of the world's leading authorities on community engagement, Dr. Wendy Sarkissian spoke to Vancouver residents about the successes and failures of public consultation in Canada, Australia and the USA.
I decided to record this event with Dr. Sarkissian because of my commitment to supporting community engagement in my community. Citizens have the right to shape of the city in which they wish to live. Lack of meaningful engagement has led to Vancouver's “Densification Wars”. Dr. Sarkissian is a brilliant thinker and speaker, and I am happy to share this with you.
Moderated by Stephen Bohus, the conversation took place at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre.
Urbanist and community advocate, Ned Jacobs begins the conversation.
I give a two minute talk about The Little Mountain Project preceding Dr. Sarkissian's talk.
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The following information was provided by the organizers prior to the event:
“Densification Wars.” Community Planning in New South Wales and Vancouver:
A public conversation with Dr. Wendy Sarkissian, Ned Jacobs, and You!
Dr. Wendy Sarkissian, lives and practices community planning in the Australian state of New South Wales, home to Sydney, a city experiencing similar growth and affordability pressures as Vancouver. She is co-author of the award-winning book Housing as if People Mattered and three recent books on community engagement. Dr. Sarkissian grew up in Vancouver and was an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. Her PhD was in Environmental Ethics and Planning Education.
Ned Jacobs, a son and student of the late urbanist Jane Jacobs, is an advocate for environmental sustainability, social/affordable housing, high quality urban design, and civic electoral reform. He serves on volunteer advisory groups for the redevelopment of Little Mountain Housing and the Cambie Corridor, and is the Riley Park/South Cambie Community Visions Group liaison to the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods.
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