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Velo-city Global 2012 Conference
Victor Ngo & Brandon Yan
Vancouver, Canada - June 26, 2012
Session: Talking to the Future: Engaging Youth in Planning, Design and Decision-Making
Theme: Empowering Power and Inclusivity
Creating great walking, cycling and transit cities requires a vision informed by all members of the community. While engaging the public in planning and decision-making is a large endeavour in itself, engaging youth presents additional challenges. Many public bodies have found it difficult to engage youth through traditional forms of public consultation, such as open houses and workshops. Recent years have seen the emergence of innovative approaches and new technologies, such as social media, that have great potential to connect with a wider range of youth. Although there is a growing awareness and increasing experimentation with new tools, there is still much to learn about how to employ them effectively. One major barrier to this is that a lack of opportunities to receive feedback from youth about how they prefer to be engaged.
This session will allow staff and decision-makers to hear from youth themselves about why, when, where and how youth can be most effectively engaged in planning for walking, cycling and transit. The presentation will be based on ideas developed by delegates of the Connecting Communities: 2011 Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation. The speakers will be the delegates themselves, who will have learned about best practices for engaging youth in public decision-making at the Connecting Communities conference. Having worked together to integrate these lessons with their own experience, they will present recommendations for how to better engage and consult youth.