Wednesday, June 22, 2011

#1 Barrier 2 imagineCalgary Targets? These guys get my vote...


City of Calgary Law Department

Anyone keeping an eye on imagineCalgary Targets know they are being missed like the Flames miss the playoffs.

Solution? To begin, City Council has to take these targets seriously and become actively involved in implementing imagineCalgary. At first glance it seems logical, but the idea of placing imagineCalgary in the hands of the Orwellian Office of Sustainability is deeply flawed. A combination of bureaucracy, lack of vision (ironically), inability to truly fathom the task at hand & lack of conviction have rendered this added layer of administration ineffectual.

Add to the mix a draconian and inflexible law department, and we get a recipe for moving at a snail's pace.

Ultimately, the responsibility rests with our elected officials.

Another suggestion is to revisit the targets and update/revise them to 2011 standards via crowdsourcing and citizen engagement, which is the process that led to their creation in the first place.

Whatever direction is taken, we are losing serious ground on a vision that was, at one time, the envy of municipalities across the globe.

But, as we all know, we can make up that lost ground by acknowledging there are challenges and then addressing the issue with resolve.

Avoiding the #epicfail tag is going to require substantial diligence by all involved.