Rethinking the Region V

a forum on

Citizen Advisory Bodies and Urban Policy

June 17, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Townhall room, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12 Ave.

Free, but registration required.

Rethinking the Region is an annual day-long conference organized by SFU's Urban Studies Program. It provides an opportunity for dialogue, reflection and learning about the past, present and future of regional governance in Metro Vancouver.

This year, the conference is co-sponsored by the Vancouver City Planning Commission and the focus is on the role of citizen advisory bodies in shaping urban policy both in Metro Vancouver and the Seattle region. Presenters and panellists will include academics, city councillors, municipal staff and members of advisory bodies. Together, we will reflect on “big picture” principles regarding how citizens can or should engage on policy issues with local governments, including questions of representation, equity, influence and accountability. The day will also provide opportunities to learn about specific and practical examples of how local citizen advisory bodies have provided input on urban policy and to consider the results of this input.

Keynote by Dr. Tina Nabatchi:

Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy:

Rethinking Local Civic Infrastructures

In 1961, Jane Jacobs insightfully argued that “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” More than 50 years later, we still recognize the power of this statement, but where are we in making it a reality? To what extent does everybody have a role in creating our cities? What could city government and residents gain in terms of better public policy and more effective program and service delivery if we encouraged and harnessed the many voices of ordinary people? Filled with examples at the city-scale, this presentation explores the forms of public participation, and explains how giving good process, activating local leaders and networks, using the building blocks of participation, and providing systemic supports can help us rethink our civic infrastructures and advance urban governance for 21st century democracy.

Tina Nabatchi

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, where she also co-directs the Collaborative Governance Initiative for the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Tina’s research focuses on public participation, collaborative governance, and conflict resolution. She has authored over 60 publications, including two recent books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy (with Matt Leighninger; Jossey-Bass, 2015) and Collaborative Governance Regimes (with Kirk Emerson; Georgetown University Press, 2015). Her award-winning research and teaching is internationally recognized. She has presented to, consulted for, and trained a wide variety of executive and professional groups from around the world, and has worked with numerous U.S. agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Tina has also has worked with the World Bank to design and implement a massive open online course (MOOC) about citizen participation, and with the Obama Administration on the development and evaluation of U.S. National Action Plans for Open Government.

Panelists

  • Kathy Nygard, director, Seattle Department of Neighbourhoods
  • Members of the Seattle Planning Commission
  • Nathan Pachal, city councillor, City of Langley
  • Members of several citizen advisory commitees from around Metro Vancouver
  • More to come

As always, we are grateful to the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board for their financial support of Rethinking the Region via the Initiative in Sustainable Urban Development.