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About this book
About this book
This book offers new, creative, and meaningful ways to listen and practice together with communities in a rapidly changing world. Gone are the days of the expert planner who makes decisions affecting entire communities for generations. Increasingly, academics, professionals and community members are acknowledging that multiple perspectives enrich planning outcomes, and that the engagement process itself can create imaginative forums and spaces through which understanding, tolerance and empathy can be nurtured.
Reflecting many aspects of the wide continuum of participatory practice, this book explores the work of planning theorists, researchers and practitioners engaged in the diverse and complex cultural layering of contemporary communities.
Dedication Graeme's morning prayer Poem Foreword by Professor John Forester Preface Part 1: Traversing the Edge: Introduction Poem 1 1. Why Traverse the Edge? Creative Underpinnings 2. Practitioners Working at the Edge: Creativity in Practice Part 2: Inhabiting the Edge: Dreaming, Imagining and Embodiment Poem 2 3 The Practice of Inhabiting the Edge: Interview with Wendy Sarkissian 4 Community Visioning as Engagement: Why a Conversation is Merited 5 Heartstorming: Putting the Vision Back into Visioning 6 Acting like a Child: Welcoming Spontaneity and Creativity in the Aurora Team Development Workshop 7 Embodying the Vision: Kinetic Community Engagement Practices Part 3: Stories from the Edge: Pushing Professional Practice Poem 3 8 Learning at the Margins: Margo Fryer and Pamela Ponic on Deconstructing Power and Privilege 9 'And Action!' New Roles for Film in Engagement 10 Websites as Engagement Site & Story 11 Creativity and Moving Beyond Conflict: Michelle LeBaron, Norma-Jean McLaren & Nathan Edelson Part 4: The Growing Edge: Creative Engagement Processes for Children & Young People Poem 4 12 But They're Only Kids! Why Engage with Children and Young People? Part 5: Blurring the Edges: A Call for an Integration of Transformative Processes Poem 5 13 New Languages for Community Engagement: Translation, Language & Polyphony 14 On the Edge of Utopia: Stories from the Great Turning Gilt-Edged Resources Gilt-Edged Resource 1: A Visioning Example: Our Bonyrigg Dream, 14 May 2005 Gilt-Edged Resource 1: The Embodied Affinity Diagram Gilt-Edged Resource 3: Barefoot Mapping: Learning through the Soles of Our Feet: A Participatory Design Workshop for Youth in Airds, Sydney, New South Wales Gilt-Edged Resource 4: A Week with a Camera Notes References Appreciations About the Authors Index
Wendy Sarkissian PhD, a speaker, planning practitioner, academic and workshop facilitator, has co-authored many award-winning books on planning and community engagement. Dianna Hurford MAP is a poet and planner who has worked for the past 10 years in the field of affordable housing and homelessness in Vancouver, BC Canada as both a consultant and as a research coordinator for a non-profit agency. Christine Wenman, B.Sc., M.Sc. is a community and natural resource planner whose professional focus includes governance, education and citizen engagement.