Possible Actions Grouped by Theme, With Summary.

 

Similar Action themes from the afternoon Strategies discussion groups were grouped together and summarized around the core ideas.

    The resulting 5 possible Actions shown below have been included in a survey sent to participants, asking participants to rank them and indicate their interest in helping to create an outline of an implementation plan for up to 3.

 

NOTES:

1. ‘Strategy’ column indicates afternoon discussion sessions in which the action represents
    a possible first step in carrying out the strategy.

    (For example, the first possible action was discussed at the Strategy 1 station
    (community capacity-building.)

2. ‘Question’ column indicates morning sessions in which the strategy came up in discussion,
    and suggests the roots of the possible action.

3. The highlighting indicates common themes by which possible actions were grouped
    for the survey.

 

Questions

Strategy

Possible Actions

Q2,3,5,7,8

S1

Convene a session of neighbourhood groups and City staff to identify practical steps to build capacity in neighbourhoods and examine models like the BIA.

 

Q3,6,7

S2

Convene a session of neighbourhood groups and City staff to identify practical steps to build capacity in neighbourhoods: examine models like the BIA, local planning liaison.

 

Q2,7

S5

Convene a partnership-based working group to scope opportunities and capacity for a city-wide neighbourhoods council to support cross-neighbourhood dialogues

 

Q2,7

S5

Convene a working group to assess applicability of BIA and other models for a Neighbourhood Improvement Area to organize neighbourhood sustainability initiatives.

 

Q4,1,3,7

S7

Convene a session of neighbourhood groups and City staff to identify practical steps to build capacity for more effective engagement by neighbourhoods and examine models (BIA, local councils, community resources boards, community centres)

 

 

Possible  Action Theme - Neighbourhood Capacity

Convene a meeting to develop a practical action plan for building capacity and representation in neighbourhoods (including review of possible organizational models, successful practices and resources).

 

 

Q2,3,5,7,8

S1

Survey neighbourhoods on barriers to successful neighbourhood projects and collaborations

 

Q4

S4

Convene a meeting of neighbourhood groups and community organization to scope a process for translating City policies into neighbourhood goals based on neighbourhood needs (pilot project?)

 

Q1,3,8

S6

Set up a task group to scope sustainability challenges facing the City’s neighbourhoods and to chart a course towards establishing sustainability goals and strategies.

 

Q4,5

S8

Organize an initial intercultural dialogue in partnership with ethnic and immigrant organizations, with City, on themes of sustainability and inclusion.

 

 

Possible  Action Theme – Neighbourhood/City Sustainability Goals

Organize a workshop to scope a process for establishing sustainability goals for neighbourhoods and developing neighbourhood-based sustainability plans that could help to shape a city-wide sustainability strategy (including review of current city-wide and neighbourhood policies and frameworks and of other jurisdictions).

 

 

Q3,6,7

S2

Collaborate with the City on a pilot with a neighbourhood planning staff liaison in connection with an appropriate initiative.

 

Q1,3,5,6

S3

Convene a workshop with neighbourhood groups to review lessons learned from past consultations and map steps or criteria for a possible standardized consultation/information process for specific initiatives.

 

Q4,1,3,7

S7

Work with City staff to gather examples of successful neighbourhood working relationships with neighbourhoods and identify features that could be incorporated into other City processes.

 

 

Possible  Action Theme – Consultation Processes

Establish criteria for improved consultation processes (including review of past and current consultation practices and of other consultation models, and consideration of new approaches in City/neighbourhood/developer relationship).

 

 

Q4,5

S8

Organize an Intercultural Day across the City as a celebration of the diversity of cultural groups.

 

Q4,5

S8

Ask City to develop and communicate clearly its plan for intercultural dialogue inclusion in City process, and for embedding multicultural competence in City culture.

 

Q4,5

S8

Collaborate with City to develop a network of volunteers willing to help with translation and making cultural connections

 

 

Possible  Action Theme – Inter-Cultural Dialogue

Collaborate with the City on an initiative to expand intercultural dialogue on sustainability issues (includes establishing cross-cultural network of groups and volunteers).

 

 

Q2,3,5,7,8

S1

Identify how City staff can work with neighbourhood organizations to develop inventories and data bases that enable groups and citizens to collaborate and share expertise online

 

Q3,6,7

S2

Identify how City staff can work with neighbourhood organizations to develop inventories and data bases that enable groups and citizens to collaborate

Q4

S4

Work with City staff to review Community Web pages for neighbourhoods; develop plan to incorporate new and updated information to support neighbourhood organizations and build capacity for groups to engage effectively with the City.

 

Q2,7

S5

Create online neighbourhood information-sharing and collaboration space, and propose improvements to City’s existing online neighbourhood resources

 

Q41,3,7

S7

Create list of resources available to neighbourhoods at City Hall and collaborate with neighbourhoods to ensure that information is accessible and known.

 

 

Possible  Action Theme – Online Resources and Tools

Explore with City staff ways to improve online information and tools to support knowledge sharing across and within neighbourhoods.