Creating space for transformative conversations

Reports & Findings

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Audacious Visions for the Future of Bees, Beekeeping and Pollination (Conference Report)

Bee Audacious was a collaborative working conference that utilized dialogue to envision bold evidence-based ideas through which honeybees, other bees, beekeepers and pollination managers could prosper.

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Building QMUNITY: Report on Community Consultation

This report is independently prepared by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue under the sponsorship of QMUNITY. The purpose is to present the full outcomes from the Building QMUNITY Consultation, held between May and August 2015. This publication is intended to convey the perspectives of participants at the one day Building QMUNITY dialogue, eight consultation sessions, and an online/paper survey.

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Climate Action & Economic Competitiveness:
Business Roundtable

This summary report presents key themes from the Climate Action and Economic Competitiveness Business Roundtable, convened by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and Renewable Cities at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre on October 23, 2015. The ideas presented reflect participant discussions and are generative in nature. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SFU Centre for Dialogue.

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Ethical Dilemmas in Climate Change:
Recommendations for Canadian Climate Policy

This report summarizes policy actions and ethical considerations identified by participants at the Ethical Dilemmas in Climate Change roundtable dialogue, convened by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre on October 23, 2015.

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Moving in a Liveable Region: Dialogue for Complexity

This report captures the SFU Centre for Dialogue’s experience in convening the Moving in a Livable Region consortium, which was created to provide a space for dialogue on regional transportation issues in Metro Vancouver.

www.movinginalivableregion.ca

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Step by Step: Final Report
Shared Decision Making in BC

This document presents the findings of the SDM in BC Project, highlighting the origin of SDM Agreements and the drivers that led to their development, their scope and intent, and their strengths and weaknesses. This report also examines how lessons and insights from the negotiation and implementation of SDM Agreements might inform on-going efforts to advance reconciliation, particularly in the context of uncertainty following recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions. The Final Report concludes with proposals for next steps, including support for an ongoing community of practice

Shared Decision Making project page

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Step by Step: Executive Summary of the Final Report
Shared Decision Making in BC

The Executive Summary provides an overview of findings of the Step by Step report, highlighting key lessons and insights from the SDM in BC Project.

Shared Decision Making project page

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Summary: Preliminary Analysis of Interview Results (June 2013)
Shared Decision Making in BC

A summary and preliminary analysis of 25 semi-structured interviews conducted with First Nation and provincial practitioners involved in the development and implementation of SDM agreements in British Columbia. This report includes extensive quotes from practitioners and includes both qualitative and quantitative survey results.

Shared Decision Making project page

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Workshop Findings
Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table: Infrastructure Needs in a Democracy with Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table brought together 67 prominent citizen engagement practitioners from British Columbia. Participants evaluated the province’s citizen engagement infrastructure and explored ways to strengthen the influence of citizen voices on policy decisions at all levels of government in the region. This event took place as part of the 2014 Bruce & Lis Welch Community Dialogue.

Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table event page


Dialogue Report: Shared Principles and Approaches
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada

Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada was one of the most comprehensive events ever held in Canada to highlight the knowledge and expertise that stakeholders themselves bring to reconciling injustices. The dialogue's 109 participants worked together to develop principles for the reconciliation of a broad range of historical and contemporary injustices. This event took place as part of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue with Chief Robert Joseph.

Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada event page


Discussion Guide
Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada

The Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada discussion guide provides an ongoing reference about Canada’s response to historical and contemporary injustices. The guide introduces the intentions of reconciliation, explains why the topic of reconciling injustice is important to Canada, presents six selected case studies and outlines key concepts and questions for further discussion. This event took place as part of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue with Chief Robert Joseph.

Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada event page


Dialogue Report
SFU Reconciliation Workshop

The SFU Reconciliation Workshop created space for the campus community to discuss the role of SFU in supporting reconciliation among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The Dialogue Report contains a record of participant ideas to build upon SFU's formal commitment to “honour the history, culture, and presence of Aboriginal peoples.” This event took place as part of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue with Chief Robert Joseph.

SFU Reconciliation Workshop event page


Dialogue Report
Youth Voices on Reconciliation

Youth Voices on Reconciliation was a day-long dialogue for students, teachers and administrators to discuss the role of the high school system in creating reconciliation among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The resulting dialogue report summarizes participant actionable ideas for consideration by their schools and districts. This event took place as part of the 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue with Chief Robert Joseph.

Youth Voicese on Reconciliation event page


The HomesNow Initiative Final Report
Affordable Home Ownership in Greater Vancouver

HomesNow was a broad-based coalition of community and business partners convened by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue working to encourage innovative solutions for affordable home ownership in Metro Vancouver. The initiative's final report outlines barriers municipalities must overcome to create affordable housing for residents with low to mid-level incomes in Greater Vancouver.

HomesNow Initiative program page


Workshop Report
Building a Culture of Participation with Dave Meslin

The Building a Culture of Participation workshop explored opportunities for empowering citizens in official City of Vancouver decision-making. The program brought together City and Vancouver staff, members of the City's Engaged City Task Force and community members to collaboratively design model community engagement processes. This event took place as part of the 2013 Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue.

Building a Culture of Participation event page


The Urban Food Revolution
Changing the Way We Feed Cities

"A revolution in food — where, how, and when it's grown — is now sweeping urban centres. Read this book to see why it matters and how we can do it." --David Suzuki

The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. Written by former City of Vancouver Councillor Peter Ladner during his Fellowship with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue, the book has become an influencial reference for the urban agriculture movement.

 Planning Cities as if Food Matters program page


Back on the Map
Canada's World National Dialogue Report (aussi Français)

Canada’s World was a non-partisan initiative housed at Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue and designed to articulate a new vision for Canada’s role in the world. The project was the most comprehensive citizen’s consultation on Canadian foreign policy in history, engaging more than 10,000 Canadians in-person and 200,000 Canadians on-line

Canada's World program page


Historic Timeline
Canada's World

To fulfill the project’s goal to create a new story for Canada’s role in the world that reflected historical experiences, Canada’s World included an historic timeline exercise in many of its dialogue events, including the national dialogue. This exercise invited participants to document moments in Canada’s history that have contributed to the story of its role in the world.

Canada's World program page


Nine New Realities
Canada's World Discussion Guides

Based on interviews with over 200 Canadian thought leaders and other research, Canada's World selected nine themes that would define Canada’s role in the world in the next 10 to 15 years to focus the citizens' dialogues. It then produced a series of bilingual, peer-reviewd discussion guides to support these discussions:

1.     Climate Change / Changements Climatiques
2.     The Communications Revolution / Révolution des Communications
3.     Conflict is Changing / Conflits en Changement
4.     Global Inequality / Inégalités Globales
5.     Rising Powers / Puissances Emergeantes
6.     International Law / Droit International
7.     Indigenous Rights / Droits des Autochtones
8.     Diversity Matters / Importance de la Diversité
9.     The Power of Cities / Pouvoir des Villes

Canada's World program page