April 18, 2020

Une structure pour le succès

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

From 2014-2018 a New Brunswick Department was responsible for developing local strategy and then presenting it to the industry. While the strategy was executed, the engagement was limited because it was imposed from the top down. In other words, the communities most affected by them weren’t given a chance to provide any input.

The Department realized that if it wanted any success, future strategies would need to include input from local food and beverage stakeholders.  They needed to be involved when it came to making decisions about the local environment and its priorities because these decisions affect the provincial economy. They help to create jobs and foster growth in the industry.

The Department’s initial plan was not to involve local stakeholders in the development of their strategy. As a result these local actors had difficulties implementing them. The Department finally realized that they needed to involve them in all future development strategies.We were recommended to the Department because we’re bilingual and offer an innovative approach to public consultations. The Department was interested in using Open Space sessions as a way to give stakeholders the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the new strategies they wanted to develop. Another reason was the fact that aboriginal communities respond well to the Open Space method

With our assistance as facilitators, the Department was able to hold Open Space sessions in different communities, including the indigenous communities. Open Space’s ‘one, long coffee break’ format allowed people to unite around a common theme to discuss  - and take responsibility for - issues they deeply cared about. The result was plenty of dynamic conversation, many new ideas, and the emergence of possible courses of action. When the sessions were over a book of proceedings was created that included notes and priorities. These were then analyzed and incorporated into the Department’s strategic plan.

Using the proceedings from the Open Space sessions, the Department was able to develop a Strategy that reflected the ideas and proposed actions offered by the local actors who participated (Francophone, Acadian, Anglophone, and Aboriginal).

The Open Space sessions created an opportunity for the industry to connect with the stakeholders and this was very well received. Most participants agreed that they should be doing more of these types of events.

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April 18, 2020

Une structure pour le succès

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

From 2014-2018 a New Brunswick Department was responsible for developing local strategy and then presenting it to the industry. While the strategy was executed, the engagement was limited because it was imposed from the top down. In other words, the communities most affected by them weren’t given a chance to provide any input.

The Department realized that if it wanted any success, future strategies would need to include input from local food and beverage stakeholders.  They needed to be involved when it came to making decisions about the local environment and its priorities because these decisions affect the provincial economy. They help to create jobs and foster growth in the industry.

The Department’s initial plan was not to involve local stakeholders in the development of their strategy. As a result these local actors had difficulties implementing them. The Department finally realized that they needed to involve them in all future development strategies.We were recommended to the Department because we’re bilingual and offer an innovative approach to public consultations. The Department was interested in using Open Space sessions as a way to give stakeholders the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the new strategies they wanted to develop. Another reason was the fact that aboriginal communities respond well to the Open Space method

With our assistance as facilitators, the Department was able to hold Open Space sessions in different communities, including the indigenous communities. Open Space’s ‘one, long coffee break’ format allowed people to unite around a common theme to discuss  - and take responsibility for - issues they deeply cared about. The result was plenty of dynamic conversation, many new ideas, and the emergence of possible courses of action. When the sessions were over a book of proceedings was created that included notes and priorities. These were then analyzed and incorporated into the Department’s strategic plan.

Using the proceedings from the Open Space sessions, the Department was able to develop a Strategy that reflected the ideas and proposed actions offered by the local actors who participated (Francophone, Acadian, Anglophone, and Aboriginal).

The Open Space sessions created an opportunity for the industry to connect with the stakeholders and this was very well received. Most participants agreed that they should be doing more of these types of events.

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