Crisis in the Consultation World
There’s a crisis in the public consultation world. The crisis is really one of confidence of the electorate in their decision makers, in their politicians, and in their bureaucrats. People feel—and this is nor specific to Vancouver it is broadly based— jaded. They don’t feel they can trust the decision makers. They feel if, for the example, there is a real estate development going to happen, that it is going to happen whether they have a say in it or not.
So, I think it is really important that people do have a say. If—in creating PlaceSpeak—we can create a platform, a toolkit, an application, a mechanism for people to be able to genuinely affect outcomes, land-based decisions, then we will have come a long way and PlaceSspeak will have done the job it has been designed to do.