History

Since January 2002, Think City has involved citizens through forums, conferences, deliberative surveys, online discussions and communications on a variety of social, economic, democratic and environmental issues. Here's a rundown of Think City's major activities:

2002: Think City held its first civic ideas conference and three follow-up forums on the future of Vancouver with speakers like former Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt, democracy activist Judy Rebick and former Toronto mayor John Sewell. Nearly 800 participants explored how cities can make a difference in the lives of their citizens.

2003: Think City tackled Vancouver's democratic deficit through a series of events called Think Democracy, bringing together nearly 400 residents around issues of electoral reform, neighbourhood power, and local economic democracy. The deliberative survey findings from these events were compiled in Think City's Peoples' Report, and submitted to the 2004 Vancouver Electoral Reform Commission.

2004: Think City co-hosted Think 2010, a forum that invited more than 300 Vancouverites along with leaders from business, labour and government to discuss how we can ensure the 2010 Games provide benefits for the environment and for all members of our society.

2005: All civic political parties and a majority of independent candidates running in the 2005 civic election took part in Think City's Vancouver Civic Election Survey. Raising the issues of democratic reform, the survey results were published on Think City's web site and emailed to 900 past Think City attendees.

2006: The twice-monthly Think City Minute e-bulletin was launched giving the now 4,500 subscribers a regular electronic brief of recent news and future actions concerning Vancouver's city council. The e-bulletin provides citizens with the information they need to better participate in the city's democratic process, including up-to-date facts and analysis about ongoing debates at Vancouver city hall and ways for the public to get involved.

2007: In February, Think City contacted 10,000 Vancouver residents on their priorities for the 2007 city budget and presented a summary of the findings to council as part of its first-ever Citizen Budget initiative. In October, Think City and Simon Fraser University's Public Policy Program brought together 260 citizens and 50 community partners at the Dream Vancouver conference to develop new ideas and proposals for affordable housing, sustainability, culture and the health of our neighbourhoods.