Participants

Maya Bobrowska, Paul Maillet, Dorothy Milburn-Smith, Pamela Schreiner, Dona Seymour, Thomas Tegtmeyer

Introduction

Our discussions were all over the place – and these discussions can form a basis for what we’ll be doing.

This project is about: From power-based governance to values-based governance.

Purpose

3-fold purpose:

  1. Becoming a community
  2. Exploring values-based Municipal Governance
  3. Social responsibility

This provides our model direction.

We could then create events with a view to an early participation approach.  What can we do now to make a difference?  (Mark Twain once said, “Never trust a man who can only spell a word one way.”)  There are many ways to make a difference.

Model for our work

The direction and engagement methods that we select will be important to leading to future results.. The attributes of engagement now and 3rd generation results are listed in the following diagram.

Our direction is Social Responsibility, which includes:

  • Integrity in governance
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Economic sustainability
  • Societal beneficence

System Change

There are both the Systemic and the Early Participation options. Certainly large-scale systemic change and planning activity is ongoing. The systemic includes the multi-year changes that are planned. For example, this includes policy and regulations. In general, this creates rights. Simultaneously, small, quick projects, in which everyone can participate, should be occurring. This creates agency and the ability to independently assert rights.  There is a difference between being granted rights in legislation and being able to assert them in practice.

Diversity Considerations

Different people think from different perspectives. Perspectives are informed by values. Among others, here are three predominant value structures in our society: Traditional, Modern and Postmodern.  Each group will focus on different aspects of the issue at hand. People with traditional values will consider structure, safety and durability most of the time. People with modern values will focus on goals, effectiveness and efficiency. People with postmodern values will consider process as most important, and they will pay attention so that everybody has a chance to express their concerns.

To ensure long-lasting viability of a project, our invitations and facilitated discussions need to consider the preferences all 3 types of values.

A diversity of people should be invited to events so that all types of thinking can take place.

Connecting community, youth and elders is a key component of success.

What We Will Do

We propose to identify questions that we can ask of candidates in the upcoming municipal election in October. Possible questions are:

  • What does Social Responsibility mean to you?
  • What values inform your life?
  • How are you going to engage the community in the decision-making process?

We can do an Open-Space style event. The theme for this event could be Social Responsibility.

How We Work

Knowing Ourselves

Knowing Our Community

Quote from Margaret Wheatley:  “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”

Summary

As a summary, this diagram shows the topics discussed in this meeting overlaid on a skeleton.

Next Steps

Schedule next meeting. (Pamela)

We all need to share in layman’s language papers, abstracts and articles for our website that relate to this discussion. Education and dialogue  is part of what we do.   This is one way we can make a contribution to the field.(All)

Create a WordPress website that can include these minutes. Call it Our Community or Knowing Our Community. (Pamela, Paul)

What questions could we be asking candidates for the municipal election in October? (All)

Can we participate or contribute to the “Choosing Our Future” project in Ottawa by Larry O’Brian and Marie Lemay. (Pamela)

Find out about the Future Search done in the Ottawa Market area some years ago. (Who?)