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Community Engagement: Phase 1 by Mind Map: Community Engagement: 
Phase 1
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Community Engagement: Phase 1


Increase citizen participation in civic process

Show tangible results quickly of engaging

Introduce new ways of engaging that are open, participatory, increase richness of dialogue

Build a foundation for future engagement initiatives

Identify and connect people in the community are their ideas, passions

Key Players







Ratepayers Assoc

Community leaders

Community groups


Jan: Plan

early Feb: Set up

end of Feb: Collect

Mar: Prioritize & Decide



Collect ideas, Use ideas forum, Needs branding, integration with city online presence, Moderator, host to encourage healthy ideas, discussion, In-person events, Online Innovation GameĀ®, One day mall event, Evening sessions in wards

Prioritize, Use online votes, in-person data, filter criteria to narrow down list of candidates, Play Buy a Feature game, Online, In person

Decide, Play Buy a Feature with Council, Possible in council meeting?


Marketing/promotion, Online, Offline

Community hosting, Online, Offline

Infrastructure, Set up tools, Mailing list, Ideas forum

Events, Logistics, Design, Facilitate, Analyze results, Publish results


Depends on

available support from city staff

number of offline, online events

type of events

level of marketing push


Gather ideas from citizens in open, transparent way. Engage people in discussion.

Citizens, council and city staff decide collectively on some low-hanging fruit ideas that can be adopted and implemented Q1 of new fiscal year (starts April).

Everyone has a fun, positive experience engaging in a new way, providing a foundation for more work like this.