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Inclusive, Collaborative Planning

Does our community’s government:

  • Engage in a range of collaborative planning? 
  • Take time to ask: whom do we need at the table for collaborative planning?
  • View inclusive planning efforts as integral to its success?
  • Seek to extend and solidify partnerships and alliances with all community groups—business, ethnic, faith, peace, education, youth, healthcare, and others?
  • Make an effort to include groups that will be affected by a decision?
  • Recognize and remove barriers that may prevent people/groups from participating?


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Achieve gender equality, social inclusion, and human rights for all.
  • Empower inclusive, productive, and resilient cities.
  • Transform governance and technologies for sustainable development.


“The World We Want 2015” Priorities

  • An honest and responsive government
  • Equality between men and women
  • Political freedoms
  • Freedom from discrimination and persecution


Programs and Services

Has our community:

  • Developed programs and services that reflect the diversity of needs (in age, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, education and economic background) of the community?
  • Invited leaders from the various community sectors (business, faith, youth, peace, neighborhoods, government, law enforcement, healthcare, etc.) to participate in developing programs?
  • Funded programs, activities, services, and spaces for all constituents?
  • Invited leaders from various community groups in determining funding allocations?


Compassion and Well-Being

  • How is compassion understood and experienced in local government?
  • Are local government leaders able and willing to identify the major issues that relate to a lack of compassion?
  • Does the local government make use of social well-being measures such as Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) and Gross National Happiness (GNH)?
  • Does the local government make use of conflict resolution methodologies such as those for Restorative Justice and Non-Violent Communication and Compassionate Listening?
  • Does the local government include an independent Ethics Board to encourage fair and right actions for the good of the entire community?
  • How is compassion defined, understood and experienced in local government? Is compassion viewed as an action to bring about a positive change?



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