I attended the March 18, 2014 Inspiration Lakeview meeting discussed below.
An August 2013 interview with Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey describes the community-driven planning process on which Inspiration Lakeview is based. You can read more at the Mississauga category at this website.
I was very impressed with how the March 18, 2014 Inspiration Lakeview event was organized and how the information was presented. What came across was the sense of enthusiasm, energy, and shared purpose among the participants. I was impressed with the sound system and the design of lighting at the meeting room. Close attention to such details make a huge difference in establishing the ambience for such an event, in my experience.
A key part of the meeting was a session in which community members offered feedback on the current version of the master plan that is at the heart of the Inspiration Lakeview project.
The video, slides, and workshop materials mentioned below are of interest and value. They are well worth the time it takes to view them.
If you know of anything of this scale, with this level of community involvement, and with this level of support from the municipal, regional, and provincial levels, happening in the City of Toronto, please let me know.
The following information is from Inspiration Lakeview:
A Community Workshop – Developing the Master Plan – was held on March 18, 2014.
If you did not have an opportunity to attend, you are invited to review the material provided below and provide comments back to the Inspiration Lakeview Team by March 25, 2014.
Provide your feedback by Tuesday March 25
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Lakeview community’s “3P” approach to getting things done
With regard to getting things done, and making things work, I’m impressed with the “3P” strategy developed by the Lakeview community:
The community, located in Mississauga across the border west of from Long Branch, has defined these words in the following terms:
1. Proactive: Be proactive in identifying what negatively impacts your community, and more importantly, what may negatively impact your community in the near or distant future.
2. Persistent: Be persistent in gaining, and sharing with your community, the knowledge required to make fair, informed decisions, and to be able to engage all stakeholders in the discussion.
3. Positive: Never offer a solution to a difficult issue unless it is a positive solution. If you cannot find a solution where there are no losers, revert to the second “P,” Persistent.