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Wednesday, October 2 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Triumph of the Commons: Generating Principles for Participatory Governance

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In this workshop, participants will be introduced to innovative case studies featuring citizen-led efforts to reclaim the commons. As researchers who are well-versed in projects around the world, we will draw on diverse examples such as Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto and Festa de Gracia in Barcelona. We will guide participants through a process of distilling principles of participatory governance for a more inclusive and equitable public realm. Through interactive group discussions, the session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the movement to decentralize decision-making power to local communities. Specific barriers that will be considered include time and resource constraints, bureaucratic hurdles, conflicting viewpoints, and the challenges inherent in satisfying short-term needs while ensuring long-term sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to explore possible applications of participatory governance to their own placemaking efforts.

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Jackie Brown

Sessional Instructor, McMaster University
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Rosalind Pfaff

Sessional Instructor, McMaster University

Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
EPB, 7th Floor, Room 2