Lambda Alpha International—the honorary society for the advancement of land economics—has chosen to support PlaceSpeak with a grant to recreate the Greater Vancouver “Urban Futures Survey”. The Urban Futures Survey will enhance information available about issues in Greater Vancouver and the views of the public.
The Real Estate Foundation supports initiatives that are real estate related which also incorporate research, education, or law reform. They have four grant cycles per year, and PlaceSpeak will be rewarded 1 of the 11 approved grants in June 2011. Click here for the list of recipients. Each applicant must be sponsored by a non-profitable organization; Lambda Alpha International chose to sponsor PlaceSpeak in support of our plan to develop a third iteration of the Urban Futures Survey which will be available online for the first time in its history.
The Urban Futures Survey was initially conducted in the early 1970′s. The results of the first survey shaped the preparation of “Creating Our Future” in 1990, British Columbia’s regional agenda for the next decade. Creating Our Future formed the “Livable Region Strategic Plan” and “Transportation 2020″ plans. Colleen Hardwick’s father Walter Hardwick led the Urban Futures Survey which was extremely influential in the future of British Columbia.
Colleen wishes to reiterate the Creating Our Future survey on PlaceSpeak. The results of the third version of this survey will be used to compare with the results of the first 2, as well as determine how citizens feel the future of their province should unfold. The knowledge that Colleen has gained from her father will combine with her passion for online public consultation, allowing citizens to verify their address and participate in the survey online.