Participatory Urban Planning
Centre d’Ecologie Urbaine de Montréal
Écoute à long terme
Écoute pour co-création
Écoute pour le changement systémique
How would you describe your project to a 6 year-old child?
The center transforms the way in which the city is made and listened to – both in action and in listening, by several means.
What are you listening to?
The people who accept our invitation! We listen to the people who have the motivation to find solutions – there are plenty of people who are looking at the problems, it’s important to hear them, but it’s also important to move into solution mode. There are a lot of subjects we take on that concern the needs and expectations of people on a given project. Decisions are often made based on the opinions of a small number of stakeholders.
Is government really ready to be influenced?
Conducting interviews with people. Meeting, understanding a context – it’s rewarding both in the content and the confidence. Understanding issues of identity.
Creating a certain proximity, by being in a place over long periods of time. Working on site is the key. You see people, patterns, people recognize you. Above and beyond the task of facilitating, there are human relationships, of confidence. Thanks to that, the discussions are born of a transparent manner.
The importance of face to face.
Listening to other’s concerns, it colours your vision. The meeting changes you.
Before thinking up solutions, the villain needs to be brought out. Giving space to hear the negative before moving onto a proposal.
Everyone has something to say about the city.
INM – www.inm.qc.ca Participatory budgeting project – www.participatorybudgeting.org
The neighbourhood group (Hochelaga Maisonneuve) that does work excellent making concepts more accessible and understandable www.itqhm.org
L’importance de l’écoute
We put a lot of importance on saying things, shouting them, giving our attention to the one who makes the most noise. Listening is letting yourself be influenced. We have less and less time to listen. As if we needed to take a stand all the time. Sometimes we need to take time, observe, listen and reflect. It’s also listening over a period of time. Ideas change with time, with the information that we have and don’t have. It’s a living process that evolve. The world changes.
Listening provides a common foundation to begin a transformation, nourish an initiative, it allows everyone to be together, to start from the same place.