"How does a housing agency become a catalyst for change?" Rob Wood, CEO Housing Nova Scotia
Tim and the team worked with housing Nova Scotia to develop an engagement plan for a blended use development in the North End of Halifax. The area is has traditionally had a large indigenous black population and is now being gentrified by young white artists and activists. Building bridges across all the different stakeholders in the community and between the government and community parters was central to our early role. Our work laid a solid foundation for the engagement that followed.
From the proposal:
"There is now a powerful window of opportunity within government with the alignment of bottom up passion and top down mandate to act. The urgent has to be put on hold so we can start to work on the important. This will be an intense period of learning for all the people involved in the engagement. We will need to build trust in the project, its long term vision and our commitment to leading in new ways to get new results. To work in a fundamentally collaborative and participatory way will demand a shift in culture within government and within the communities we engage. The timing is right and no-one else is going to do it."