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What image comes to mind when you think of public engagement? Is it one of overly technical drawings in a school gymnasium with a staff to public ratio of 3:1? Is it one of an open house where only the loudest voices are heard? These situations are some of the most common ways public engagement opportunities are delivered. They also place the individual experience low on the list of priorities.

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This was originally a guest post for UK-based Kellow Learning.

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

One of our core areas of work at Intelligent Futures is community engagement. We aim to structure meaningful, authentic and transparent conversations with communities about issues, plans or developments that will influence the future of these places. In order to do this, we have to walk a fine balance of learning about the local context, while simultaneously not developing assumptions about the place and the people. It’s not an easy balance to strike.

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March 15, 2015

7 Lessons in 7 Months

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Over the course of the last 7 months, we have been having conversations with the community on West District – a unique master planned neighbourhood in west Calgary. Truman Development Corporation is proposing the neighbourhood on a large, yet-to-be-developed pocket of land within the communities of West Springs/Cougar Ridge, in southwest Calgary. Initial ideas for West District are focused on creating a vibrant, compact and connected neighbourhood that will enhance surrounding neighbourhoods and provide a great quality of life for existing and future residents.

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