- What does inclusion mean to you?
Allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute to decision making. Ensuring that the environment can accomodate the needs of all stakeholders and that they feel able to speak openly and truthfully
- What are the barriers to inclusion in your city?
And ‘us and them’ mentality and differing worldviews that build walls not bridges.
- How does your city support inclusion?
Grassroots organisations that seek to empower (e.g. Emmaus), schools that put children in leadership roles (e.g The Garden), a mayor that is willing to help, Health Champions, Neighbourhood Partnerships, spaces like Barton Hill Settlement.
- How can we ensure that this project is inclusive? Specifically, what can we do to ensure people experiencing poverty, homelessness or social isolation can participate in this project, as citizens?
Connect with people working in organisations that represent these people, and go to the communities in which they live. Reach out and engage with them, rather than expecting them to come to you.
- What does innovation mean to you?
To fill a niche; to break the mould of the mainstream, swim against the current and work hard to provide something society is in need of.
- How does your city support and stimulate innovation? Is there anything ‘place-based’, distinctive or characteristic of the city in its approach?
Crowdfunding; an active community of innovators that support one another; freelancer cooperatives; Social Enterprise Works; the Internet; chances to meet other innovators (forums, social enterprise events, weekly market at the Harbourside, MeetUp, farmers market); Etsy.
- Who do you think leads and/or owns innovation in your city?
Independent food retailers and craft makers; nutritionists and yoga instructors
- What is innovative about your city’s approach to citizen engagement?
The can-do attitude of citizens, specifically those concerned about a sustainable and healthy food system, who reach out to communities and ask them what they need
- How do you engage with your city as a citizen?
Through Food Cycle and through action research.
- Are citizens engaged in decision making processes in your city? In what way, and how is that measured, evaluated and reported?
To an extent; it is hard to get everyone in a room. People are busy. Not sure.
- What do you perceive as the main benefits and opportunities for citizenship and/or economic inclusion in your city?
Democracy, participation, a fairer world, justice, balance.
- And the main dis-benefits, challenges and threats?
If worldviews aren’t confronted and language not challenged then we could recreate the problems that got us into this mess.