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Presentation at the Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit 2013. PlaceSpeak has emerged as a consultation tool at a time when traditional methods of public engagement are becoming ...

Presentation at the Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit 2013. PlaceSpeak has emerged as a consultation tool at a time when traditional methods of public engagement are becoming contentious, expensive and unreliable. Because it builds up a user base of citizens interested in particular topics and/or particular geographic areas, PlaceSpeak has the potential to establish continuing interactive relationships between citizens and their local governments in a way that is convenient and respects privacy. Examples of practical applications will be provided in the presentation.

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“What Kind of City do the People Want? Bringing Opinion Research into the Digital Age “What Kind of City do the People Want? Bringing Opinion Research into the Digital Age Presentation Transcript

  • What Kind of City do the People Want? Bringing Opinion Research into the Digital Age Ken Cameron FCIP Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies Simon Fraser University Director, PlaceSpeak Inc.
  • Outline • Planning for livability in the Vancouver region • Urban Futures Survey • PlaceSpeak: A New Tool for Public Consultation • Conclusions
  • Key Elements in Planning for Greater Vancouver • Long-term commitment going back to 1940s (with some interruptions) • Vision-based: “Cities in a Sea of Green;” “The Livable Region” • Based on public participation and opinion research: The Urban Futures Survey View slide
  • Outline • Planning for livability in the Vancouver region • Urban Futures Survey • PlaceSpeak: A New Tool for Public Consultation • Conclusions View slide
  • Urban Futures Survey 1973, 1990, 2012 • Representative sample of metropolitan region’s population • Components – Demographic, household, employment – Statements – agree scale – Issues and problems – ranked – Regional plan priorities – ranking of five goals
  • Areas of Focus • • • • • • Environment Community life Mobility Built environment Managing growth Governance
  • Urban Futures Survey Impact on Policy • 1973 – personal interviews • 1990 – telephone survey • 2012 – online survey using PlaceSpeak • Livable Region Plan proposals • Creating Our Future Vision and Livable Region Strategic Plan • Confirmation/ranking of regional planning goals
  • Location of Urban Futures Survey 2012 Respondents
  • Ranking of Issues: 1973, 1990, 2012
  • Ranking of Challenges: 2012
  • Ranking of Regional Growth Strategies
  • Outline • Planning for livability in the Vancouver region • Urban Futures Survey • PlaceSpeak: A New Tool for Public Consultation • Conclusions
  • Why do we want effective citizen engagement? • • • • Political and public expectations Certainty Better decisions Democracy
  • The old consultation system is broken • Traditional forms of public consultation are dysfunctional and ineffective: Public meetings, Door knocking, Land line telephones. • Online consultation to date has been anonymous and “one-off;” it suffers from: Trolls, Gaming the system, anecdotal Social Media. • Online Consultation typically lacks verifiable feedback data to inform evidence-based decisionmaking and public policy development.
  • Need for a new paradigm
  • Challenges • • • • • • Time Respect for privacy Language Complexity of issues Interactivity/Iterativeness Integrity of results
  • The potential of online engagement • • • • • • Privacy Convenience Broader reach Ability to present complex information Neutrality/open-mindedness Interactivity/Iterativeness
  • We’re all adults here (aren’t we?) Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of adult learning, observed that adults learn best when: • They understand why something is important to know or do • They have the freedom to learn in their own way • Learning is experiential • The time is right for them to learn • The process is positive and encouraging
  • A burgeoning/bewildering array of tools
  • Case in Point: PlaceSpeak Participants (citizens) • Sign up with email address • Verify identity • Identify topics of interest (by area or by subject) • Participate through surveys, discussion forums, etc. Proponents (cities, developers, utilities, etc.) • Register and identify a topic • Determine who can participate by area and/or topic • Choose consultation tools • Engage with participants and report outcomes
  • Integrity • Participants’ privacy is protected • Participants are informed of the purpose of a consultation and can decide whether or not to participate • Proponents are screened • No advertising • Data is not sold
  • Example: Lingyen Mountain Temple
  • Definition of consultation area
  • Example: Aldergrove Community Centre
  • Definition of consultation area
  • Outline • Planning for livability in the Vancouver region • Urban Futures Survey • PlaceSpeak: A New Tool for Public Consultation • Conclusions
  • Conclusions • Citizen engagement is essential to a successfully planned future • Comprehensive opinion research can guide engagement and policy making • Online mechanisms offer vast potential to enhance opinion research and broaden and deepen engagement • There is even the potential to transform the relationship between citizen and government
  • What Kind of City do the People Want? Bringing Opinion Research into the Digital Age Ken Cameron FCIP kdcameron@kdcameron.com www.placespeak.com www.urbanfuturessurvey.com