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Changing how government does business with communities

Over the past few months I have provided strategic and practical advice on engaging communities in siting a government-led nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). What is unusual – and what hooked me in – is that the government intends to adopt a...

BUILD Bilbao; what’s in a word?

At the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues (BUILD) in 2014, I discovered that ‘equity’ in communities wasn’t what I understood the word to mean. In the international context it meant equality and inclusion, rather than a financial investment instrument....

Enabling just and fair inclusion in our cities

I am a huge advocate of peer-to-peer learning and networking in communities and between community groups. It’s the place where people are able to speak frankly about their ideas, as well as any challenges they have faced, with people like them. I recently realised how...