Inclusive community participation
Individually and collectively, we have the power to change our neighbourhoods. We can make a difference with the choices we make on election day and with the choices we make everyday. Imagine the changes we could make if we pooled our energy and made informed decisions.
Planning and transforming neighbourhoods is a process that must be done by, with and for their citizens. Each person should have the informative tools as well as the opportunity to participate and feel at ease to assume which ever role they want in the process.
Marginalized groups must be included as well in the planning and implementation processes as part of a fully participative and democratic approach.
Therefore, bridges have to be built amongst groups and dialogs should be established employing appropriate language according to the target public. For example, young people should be able to participate in community development in their own way. Such a method insures respect of all the parties and tends to stimulate empowerment while contributing to making the process a successful learning experience. In addition to engaging residents of all age groups and social strata, local businesses must also be included. This key component of the vision can foster the long-term success of projects and protect the investment that everyone makes in bringing their shared vision to fruition.
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