Awards are the candles on the icing on the cake

Here are EcoPlan, getting to work on fun, challenging projects is what keeps us excited to get to work in the morning. But we’ve often commented that the ‘icing’ on the cake is the ongoing relationships with past clients, and seeing plans come to life through actions. And then every now and then we get some

Culture: Adaptation and Translation – A look at stories and analysis

Last month, William Trousdale gave a talk at the Museum of Vancouver as part of their “Built City” Series. The talk explored the challenge of translating sacred stories, cultural stories, and everyday stories into frameworks that can be analyzed and understood across cultures. The talk explored the “endless” process of translation as we all try

Great profiles of First Nations Economic Development

This week, the Vancouver Sun has a five-part series of First Nations economic development. The series profiles five BC First Nations and the various ways that they are gaining economic independence. From run of river power, to gas stations, logging companies, campgrounds plans for large resorts, the Nations are proving that there is no ‘one

Climate Guidebook wins Provincial Planning Award

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) just announced their 2015 Awards for Excellence in Planning Practice, and EcoPlan has been recognized for an silver award in the category of Research and New Directions in Planning for Planning for Climate Change: A Values-based, Strategic Approach for Urban Planners. The guide was developed with and for the

Careful what you wish for: “Malcolm Island wins national planning award!”

This is pretty exciting. While working on an economic development plan with Malcolm Island in 2014, we did a visioning activity in which we asked community members the following question: “Malcolm Island’s Economic Turnaround Wins National Planning Award. How did they do it?” Just six months later, the project actually DID win a national planning

Twenty years of LED in the Philippines

Recently, William appeared in the community events section of the Sun.Star Bacolod, a local newspaper from the Negro Occidentale region of the Philippines. He had just finished facilitating a two-day workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) in Silay City, a project funded by UN-Habitat. Here he is in action. But this is not an isolated

Monitoring and evaluation – A case study

This recent article in Plan Canada magazine describes some interesting work we did with the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO). Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) often ‘falls off the rails’ when a plan is being implemented, perhaps because it is too complex, people are too busy, or other factors. But M&E is critical for knowing

Nice little video about some of our climate work with UN-Habitat

EcoPlan recently worked with UN-Habitat and Compass Resource Management to produce the planning guide “Planning for Climate Change: A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners”.  It’s a book and a series of tools that planners in cities of all stripes and sizes can use to assess the climate change risk in their cities and make

An update on project work in the Philippines

“The early work the Canadian Urban Institute did with you on economic development in the Philippines, including the manual testing, made an early contribution to the country’s local economic development framework that has emerged over the past few years and is now promoting an explosion of collaboration between local governments and their private sector. I still

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (5 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  Cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. Cando has now published 4 of the

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