Tag Archives: Community Engagement Framework

Government as platform

October 15, 2013

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Open Government is about changing government to serve as a platform – a platform for solutions, a platform for people to help themselves, help each other and to build community. We have been building the foundations of this platform for many years – changing the way we do business as a local government in incremental […]

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Open Government in Action

August 26, 2013

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 As we develop our Open Government Action Plan, we need to practice and pilot new ideas along the way.  The City of Guelph Community Engagement team, in coordination with colleagues in Parks and Open Space, Communications and Web Services, are piloting a new and innovative online community engagement tool: MindMixer (cityofguelph.mindmixer.com).  This tool will allow interested community […]

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Community Engagement Trends – Part 2

April 1, 2013

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There are several things that impress me when reading the proposed Community Engagement Framework report.  See earlier post. Here are some of them. It is presented as a policy not a guideline (very important in government). It applies to all departments, staff and community engagement activities. The development of the framework was championed internally by a […]

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Trends in community engagement

March 29, 2013

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I have a friend and mentor who served on Council during the 60s, 70s and 80s.  When I asked him about public delegations, he said “we didn’t have them”. I may be wrong but I think the first formal effort to engage members of the public in local decision making was in the mid to […]

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