Rethinking Democracy: Strategies That Put Citizens at the Centre

Date: Thursday February 14, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Guest: Max Hardy

Host: Sylvia Cheuy

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The knowledge, skills and leadership of citizens is a rich resource that too often is untapped in community change efforts.  And yet, time and again it has been shown that when the assets of residents and community – the context experts -- are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change.  

This webinar will profile some of the new thinking that reimagines our understanding democracy in action and offers approaches that honour the wisdom and practicality of ordinary people and reimagine how they are invited and engaged as co-creators of the community’s shared vision of its future. 



Max B & W (1)Max Hardy

Max Hardy has more than 20 years of experience facilitating collaborative processes, such as citizen juries, that place the citizen perspective at the centre of an array of complex issues including health policy changes; land-use planning and community master plans throughout Australia and beyond.  His methodologies for bringing together advocates and allies, corporations and citizens have generated powerful, community-owned solutions to some of the toughest issues being faced by communities.



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Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer.  Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.  


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