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Are You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?Views: 191
Mar 08, 2009 4:43 am re: Are You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?

John Stephen Veitch
Hello Lamar

I'm making every effort to be involved here in Christchurch.

One of the most successful things the City Council has done is to engage with the public in an open planning process. There is a lot of documentation from the Council about the present plan and proposed changes to that plan and public submissions are requested. There is always argument about how much "real participation" is permitted, but for today, let's give the Council marks for trying.

Personally, I was involved with a small group of eight people who established the Canterbury Issues Forum. This group of 200+ people has engaged in some very earnest discussions about the future of our district. Particularly about rubbish disposal, youth crime and vandalism, water resources and supplies, and issues regarding a recent election.

Any community can establish such a forum. An American, Steven Clift, has been working on E-Democracy development for more than 10 years. He has several successful groups running in the USA, in the UK and in New Zealand. I know he's been running seminars in several European countries.

If you want to follow this up, the detail is here.

John Stephen Veitch
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