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Tim Merry

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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Input From 15,000 Citizens
A new official plan, written from the ground up, is a once in a generation opportunity in any city. London, Ontario has made the most of it, with unprecedented public engagement and a draft plan that is full of fresh vision and "written in human".
A new benchmark for citizen engagement in the future of a city

If you want a window into the future of planning in Canada, look to London, Ontario. The city has involved more than 15,000 people in the largest public engagement on a planning process in Canadian history. The draft plan released a few weeks ago is so innovative it rewrites the playbook for what a plan can be.

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