LOCALLY LED-CHANGE THOUGH CREATIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
CHALLENGE: Identifying community needs and creating space for community input
Haida Gwaii Voices is a project that aims to capture the many voices of Haida Gwaii, and to create space for the community to shape the future of Haida Gwaii. In 2015, I co-created a chalkboard challenge, whereby 7 chalkboards were circulated in the community for individuals to share what they think Haida Gwaii needs, and what they will openly commit to doing to make it happen. On a remote archipelago, with less than 4,500 people, we had a reach of over 2,000 individuals online and engaged over 100 offline. The key to making this project successful, was the public commitment to action. From this 30 day challenge, several projects around eco-therapy, hiking trails and local food were initiated.
To the left are a series of submissions that were posted to the Haida Gwaii Voices Facebook page.
This project was written about in Axiom News: Small Win Seeds Hope for Community-Led Change in Haida Gwaii.
Haida Gwaii Voices continues to coordinate and design creative community engagement initiatives to spark locally-led change.