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Ottawa as a Participatory City

How do we shape our neighbourhoods in ways that involve many and create belonging for everyone?

About Workshop

What makes a city truly participatory? How do we shape our neighbourhoods in ways that involve many and create belonging for everyone? And what can we do together to make Ottawa a more inclusive, healthy, and happy city?


Workshop Details

We invite you to join a conversation with Tessy Britton, Gorka Espiau and Jayne Engle, three participatory city-building leaders with international perspectives on how ordinary citizens are transforming their neighbourhoods and cities into extraordinary places where everyone is welcome.

Tessy Britton
will share the research, practice and analysis of her work at Participatory City, which is creating new structures designed to scale up practical participation, building collaborative activity into the fabric of everyday life and changing how we work together to achieve a more equal society.

Bio: Tessy is the founder of Participatory City and has been developing the Participatory City practice for 6 years, researching and prototyping new ways to support widespread practical participation. Tessy works on a number of international projects, including supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge, judging the New Radicals 2016 with Nesta and The Observer. She is also a British Council Fellow for the Hammamet Conference in Tunisia. Tessy is a guest lecturer at: Saïd Business School (Oxford), LabGov at LUISS University (Rome); Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Rhode Island School of Design (Providence. USA).

Gorka Espiau will speak about movement building applied to city transformation, looking at his learning journey from Bilbao to Montreal, via London.

Bio: Gorka Espiau is a Professor of Practice at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal, Associate Director to the Michael Young Foundation and a founding member of the Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies. Based on the evidence generated by the successful regeneration of Bilbao and the Basque region, Espiau established the Places Program at the Michael Young Foundation in London, a leading social innovation institution in the UK. Currently, Espiau is collaborating with “Cities for People” to established a “deep community listening platform” that will inform “Amplifier Montreal” platform.

Jayne Engle – Program Director and Lead of the Cities for People initiative. The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Cities for People aims to strengthen urban innovation across Canada. Jayne has worked in city planning and urban policy and revitalization in widely varied political and development contexts from Eastern and Western Europe, to the US, Canada and Haiti. A common thread through her work is a commitment to inclusive and meaningful community engagement and progressive planning agendas to create more ecologically-healthy, people-centered cities. Jayne holds a PhD from McGill University’s School of Urban Planning, an MBA in Real Estate Development from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Public Policy School of the University of Pittsburgh. Jayne was co-President of the Ecocity World Summit in Montreal in 2011 (with Luc Rabouin, Jan Gehl, and Janice Perlman). She is a contributor to

Join Us

Ottawa as a Participatory City takes place on March 28, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Hub Ottawa (71 Bank Street).

There is no cost for tickets, but registration through Eventbrite is required.