Program

 

2016 Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium on the Environment


FutureTalks Design Workshop: Best Practices in Citizen Engagement for a Sustainable Future

The second annual Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium on the Environment hosted by the University of Toronto's School of the Environment

Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, 2016

Upper Dining Room, Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, St. George Campus, University of Toronto

 

Minden Symposium Program in PDF

 

DAY ONE: Wednesday, October 12

The focus of Day One is surfacing the key challenges in developing large-scale public engagement programs. All of our invited participants have experience and expertise in these issues so we want to hear from you along with our invited experts. The day will start with welcoming remarks and setting the context for our discussions. We will then move into a series of interactive sessions where we will hear from all participants on the key lessons, from their experience, on large-scale public engagement. We will also hear from our invited experts who will share their experience in community engagement processes. The day closes with a seated dinner event for speakers and participants, with a keynote address.

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Opening and Welcoming Remarks: Kimberly Strong, Jo-Ann Minden, and Mary Pickering
8:45 Context Setting: John Robinson
9:00 Participant Comments: All participants have three minutes to provide their views on the question, "What do you think is the biggest challenge and/or opportunity in trying to achieve meaningful community engagement about the future of the city across the diversity of citizens in Toronto?"

10:00 Break

10:30 Participant Comments resumed

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Expert Session: Each invited expert (see below) has 15 minutes to answer the same question, with reference to their experience in community engagement processes

2:30 Break

3:00 Open Discussion: What are the three most important things you have heard today?

4:30 End of daytime session

6:00 Seated dinner event for speakers and participants with keynote speaker Sylvia Cheuy: Please join us for dinner at Bodega Restaurant, 30 Baldwin Street.

 

DAY TWO: Thursday, October 13

The focus of Day Two is synthesizing the discussion from Day One and coming up with proposed solutions to the challenges of public engagement at scale. We will then move into a conversation about how to actually put some of these proposed solutions into practice with the FutureTalks proposal. To close the day, the research team will explain the follow-up to the Minden Symposium and SSHRC grant, and discuss opportunities for participants to engage with FutureTalks as partners and collaborators

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Opening and Welcoming Remarks: Steve Williams
8:40 Presentation of SSHRC research proposal by research team
9:00 "World Café": Participants are invited to split into groups and discuss six key topics related to design of the FutureTalks program

10:00 Break

10:15 Invited speakers respond to the results of the World Café
11:00 Final comments from participants
12:00 Concluding Session: Research team will discuss the follow-up to the Minden Symposium and SSHRC grant, and make requests to participants for FutureTalks partners and collaborators
12:30 Closing remarks: Kimberly Strong, Steve Williams

12:40 Networking lunch

1:30 - 4:30 Optional FutureTalks SSHRC proposal working session with project team and invited experts