Trusting Residents: How building trust and sharing power can generate value for a community
Guelph Lab Facilitator Sam Laban wrote a piece in the newest issue of Municipal World (March 2019). In Trusting Residents: How building trust and sharing power can generate value for a community, Sam discusses what happens when municipalities entrust groups of residents with the management of public spaces or infrastructure. These experiments, he suggests, often dramatically improve or regenerate public spaces. They also raise the question of whether municipalities routinely trust their residents, and whether efforts to trust residents could in turn build up residents' trust in their municipal government.
Want to learn more about residents-managed public resources or what that looks like in Guelph? Read the full article attached here, or contact Sam for more information.