Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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Chapter 7: The Knights of the Round Table

September 30, 2015

Moving from Government to Governance

Governance has been identified again and again as a major challenge for the implementation of sustainable community development. The current Canadian federal system is structured on 18th-century problems and the old story of hewers of wood and drawers of water. Modern ‘wicked’ interconnected challenges cannot be solved by a vertical, siloed system of departments, overlapping mandates that have not been regenerated from their historical past. What are the new ways that governments can move to governance for the 21st century?

Chapter Quote

“A more engaged, connected Canadian government that’s smarter about what it does, connected and communicating with its citizens through diverse channels, using big data to enhance civic literacy, is a better alternative to the use of referenda, competing trends toward authoritarianism, illiteracy, neglect of facts and evidence, and growing public distrust. Let’s start with a House of Commons transformed to lead experiential and conversational public spaces, reintroducing civil discourse and literacy. We all need to learn our paths forward as we collectively continue to search for solutions to climate-change adaptation and mitigation, a carbon-neutral economy, and become a world leader in sustainable community development—sustainability for all, not some.” (p. 108)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development

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