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A blog series by citizen engagement and systems change leader Tim Merry
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The breakdown of relationship between change makers and the mainstream needs to be bridged. I thought I could, in the words of Buckminster Fuller, “build the new and make the old obsolete.” I no longer think it is that simple. I am more into this quotation from T.S. Eliot: "Hell is where nothing connects." Or this one from G.K. Chesterton: “In the breaking of bridges is the end of the world.”

Tim Merry

A blog series by Canadian systems change leader Tim Merry
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My experience of change leadership and participatory approaches is that it demands people shift their world view. This means their beliefs about themselves, their work, their community, what results are, etc., all have to change.

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A new approach to urban planning is bubbling up at Canadian urban design services company Urban Systems. Planners are immersing themselves in communities, making room for rich experiences with residents as a new way to understand what makes communities tick. c/o Tina Atva, Urban Systems.
What’s making ‘OCP in a week’ stick?

Taking an unconventional approach to planning, Urban Systems urban designer Leighton Ginther led the District of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia in a design charrette for a residential neighbourhood several years ago. The tool used for generating ideas for a particular community issue evolved into an increasingly popular tactic dubbed ‘OCP in a week.’

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