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Report Explores State of Citizen Engagement in BC

June 19, 2014

The Centre for Dialogue has released the final report from Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table: Infrastructure Neesd in a Democracy. The workshop brought together 67 prominent citizen engagement practitioners from British Columbia to evaluate the province’s citizen engagement infrastructure and explore ways to strengthen the influence of citizen voices on policy decisions at all levels of government in the region. The event was hosted in partnership with SFU Public Square as part of the 2014 Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue, and featured AmericaSpeaks founder Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer.

Two overall themes emerged from the workshop findings. First, the expansion of citizen engagement at all levels of government in British Columbia is dependent on elected representatives and citizens making stronger commitments to collaborative decision-making. Second, participants suggested that many jurisdictions in British Columbia appear to lack a culture of engagement that provides the transparency, predictability, and sophistication required for governments and citizens to engage effectively and with confidence.

Read the full report here.


About the Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue

This annual event is generously supported by the Bruce and Lis Welch Award, and engages the community at large to explore innovative approaches to local issues through dialogue.