Samantha Anderson is a Senior Project Officer at Sustainable Cities
Day 3 of the Sustainable Cities : PLUS Network Biennal conference in Ottawa
Relationships and engagement have been the theme of the day. There’s no question in anyone’s mind how important it is, which is why we return to this topic over and over again. One of the delegates, in talking about how to engage youth, noted that while it’s a hot topic right now, the challenge is to engage in a meaningful, not token way. Which really is the issue with engaging everyone, isn’t it? How do we engage and participate in a meaningful way, moving towards our goals, so that we don’t burn out, or become disillusioned?
We discussed whether one needs to engage people first, and build consensus for a successful project, or forget consensus and jump into projects that would engage people.
Who leads, the community or the city? And who in the city?
We’re mostly planners, but where do we get without the engineers?
The conclusion seemed to be that sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, and something this complex needs multiple approaches.