Creative Community Planning: Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge

Creative Community Planning: Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge


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Creative Community Planning: Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge by Wendy Sarkissian, Dianna Hurford, Christine Wenman

Creative Community Planning provides clear access to emerging innovations in artistic, narrative, embodied and technological methods. Reflecting on the wide continuum of participatory practice,
the authors explore the frontiers of community engagement within a fresh sustainability framework. Leading planning theorists, researchers and practitioners in the field reflect with the authors on the many successes and challenges in engaging with a diversity of people in rural and urban communities. These conversations reveal creativity as key to enhancing existing engagement practices. Concepts and practical applications thread through the book, including community visioning, participatory research and reporting, conflict resolution, poetry and planning language, theatre, photography, film and websites.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844077038
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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, poet and planner, has worked for the past 10 years in the field of affordable housing and homelessness in British Columbia, Canada. Christine Wenman MScP is a community and natural resource planner whose professional focus includes governance, education and citizen engagement.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Poem and so we begin x

Foreword John Forester xi

Preface xiii

Part 1 Traversing the Edge: Introduction 1

Poem practice is sensuous activity 2

1 Why Traverse the Edge? Creative Underpinnings 3

2 Practitioners Working at the Edge: Creativity in Practice 17

Part 2 Inhabiting the Edge: Dreaming, Imagining and Embodiment 25

Poem !remember! our shapes 26

3 The Practice of Inhabiting the Edge: Interview with Wendy Sarkissian 27

4 Community Visioning as Engagement: Why a Conversation is Merited 39

5 Heartstorming: Putting the Vision Back into Visioning 49

6 Acting like a Child: Welcoming Spontaneity and Creativity in the Aurora Team Development Workshop 69

7 Embodying the Vision: Kinetic Community Engagement Practices 87

Part 3 Stories from the Edge: Pushing Professional Practice 103

Poem poetry | planning code-filter: all 104

8 Learning at the Margins: Margo Fryer and Pamela Ponic on Deconstructing Power and Privilege 105

9 'And Action!' New Roles for Film in Engagement Leonie Sandercock Jonathan Franz 117

10 Websites as Engagement Site and Story Aileen Penner Think Salmon 133

11 Creativity and Moving Beyond Conflict Michelle LeBaron Norma-Jean McLaren Nathan Edelson 141

Part 4 The Growing Edge: Creative Engagement Processes for Children and Young People 157

Poem the song will continue 158

12 But They're Only Kids! Why Engage with Children and Young People? 159

Part 5 Blurring the Edges: A Call for an Integration of Transformative Processes 175

Poem !open up! (sound of :wall (blast) 176

13 New Languages for Community Engagement: Translation, Language and Polyphony 177

14 On the Edge of Utopia: Stories from The Great Turning 193

Gilt-edged Resources 201

Gilt-edged Resource 1 A Visioning Example: Our Bonnyrigg Dream 203

Gilt-edged Resource 2 The Embodied Affinity Diagram 209

Gilt-edged Resource 3 The Gods Must Be Crazy: Script and Instructions from the Safe Communities Scenario, Sydney 213

Gilt-edged Resource 4 Barefoot Mapping: Learning through the Soles of Our Feet: A Participatory Design Workshop for Youth in Airds, Sydney 222

Gilt-edged Resource 5 A Week with a Camera 231

Notes 241

References 267

Appreciations 289

Sources for Photographs 297

About the Authors 299

Index 303

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