Stuff, Stories and Strategies for the Future

For communities, Saskatchewan ecomuseums, community-engaged museums, this is a networking and planning event to revitalize and encourage growth of the ecomuseum model. The ecomuseum model has been applied around the world and it can be used to foster sustainable forms of development.

Community-Engagement Workshop

Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: REGINA | Room 209, Research and Innovation Centre, University of Regina

Space is limited, to register call 306-787-2859 or email

Building on the Cultural Pulse of a Place: Holistic Planning for Community Engagement
A workshop facilitated by Douglas Worts

In this interactive workshop, participants will collaborate to develop plans for fictitious community engagement in the imaginary community of Greenburg. This small-to-medium sized city understands that progressive community-engagement activities which are rooted in the lives of citizens and the issues and forces that shape the community can help support the living culture. Greenburg’s mayor and city council understand that the local culture exists in people’s daily lives, from diverse ethno-cultural roots to the overarching dynamics of the community. They also believe that the more local citizens are involved in the ever-changing aspirations and realities of the city, the more the entire community moves forward together. This involves taking cultural initiatives out of the exclusive domain of leisure-time experiences and beginning a process of experimentation that reinforces the arts, heritage and science as the foundation of the living, evolving culture. Community engagement in Greenburg is a city-wide operation that is dedicated to fostering the muses – the creative, insightful, and empathic impulses that help people feel connected to their environment and engaged in its evolution.

Through the use of planning tools designed to generate an understanding of the issues and opportunities confronting Greenburg, participants will:

  • Learn how the COMPASS tool can be used to weave together four major perspectives on our world – Nature, Economy, Society and Wellbeing – to strengthen and integrate culture into planning processes;
  • Become familiar with a planning process known as VISIS (Vision; Indicators; Systems; Innovation and Strategy) – designed for stakeholder engagement; and
  • Explore how other tools and resources (e.g. the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Flourishing Enterprise Canvas, the Critical Assessment Framework) can be useful for the development of community-engaged organizations.

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