Entries by Jessica Delaney

This Simple Scope Exercise May Reduce Engagement Anxiety

When there is a complex decision to be made, it can be easy to get bogged down in the multitude of factors and variables that influence, inform and involve that decision. Identifying what actually will be decided and, even more importantly, where (and where not) input from stakeholders will advise that decision, can greatly clarify […]

Finding Common Ground in Shared Values

Last week I completed the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Effective Public Participation course. After working at Delaney + Associates for nearly six months, I am familiar with many of the principles and tools we covered. However, I found it valuable to be taught the IAP2 planning steps together in a logical […]

Retaining Vancouver’s Vibrancy in the Face of its Real Estate Reality

At yesterday’s City Conversations, the three panellists and all of the participants who spoke agreed that foreign investment is driving Vancouver’s real estate market through the roof. The panellists consisted of Tom Davidoff, a business professor at the Sauder School of Business, economist Rhys Kesselman, and Kathy Tomlinson, an investigative reporter who recently broke the […]

Confessions of an Interrupter (and a Few Listening Tips)

I realized with dread recently that I am an interrupter. It’s not that I don’t care what the other person has to say, or think that what I have to add is more important. It’s more that I get so excited about what we are talking about that I want to complement their ideas with […]

Being a Stakeholder

I am usually on the other side of an engagement – the facilitator working to support the sponsor organization. Recently, I’ve been cast in the role of stakeholder and… well, it’s been a real wake-up call. In a nutshell, it sucks being a stakeholder – particularly when organizations/project proponents don’t see you as one! At my home, there’s […]

We’ve ReImagined Vancouver for 2040. What Next?

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) celebrated its 25th-anniversary last year by hosting a public engagement – an elaborate visioning exercise to mine and collect Vancouverites’ dreams for their city in 2040. Over 11,000 responses were heard, recorded and compiled – an impressive task.

Merry Christmas

We hope that you have enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas blog series and appreciate any feedback you might have – good or bad. Our team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a bit of rest. The New Year always seems to come in like a lion and we firmly believe […]