Making Space for Citizens to Act on the Issues that Matter Most

December 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

How can governments create more intentional space to surface issues and enable local problem-solving? And how can they place citizens at the center of this conversation in ways that harness the energy and knowledge that community members offer?

Join Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research at Kettering Foundation at the SFU Centre for Dialogue's annual event, The Bruce & Lis Welch Community Dialogue. This free public discussion examines the complementary roles that citizens and governments can play in co-producing solutions to the problems that matter most. Community members have an important role to play in naming the issues that affect them and in co-creating solutions. Yet civic engagement processes can all too easily force residents to look at problems from the perspective of government policies and structures in ways that create barriers to participation. This annual event engages the community at large with the academic community to explore innovative approaches to local issues through cross-sectoral dialogue.

Taking place at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. This event is free of charge but registration is required.

Register here