What does the Natural Step have to do with on-the-ground success for our community?
1. The Natural Step (TNS) framework provides robust fact and systems-based guidance toward sustainability. It is also a planning process to strategically and economically move toward sustainability. Both of these components will be integrated into Imagine Invermere.
2. TNS guidance will help us to achieve results by providing us with a shared understanding of what is needed for sustainability and it acts as a ‘compass’. Aside our vision and specific community priorities and budgets, it will help us to assess recommended actions to ensure that our limited resources achieve real short and long-term progress toward success in our community and sustainability.
How will ImagineInvermere be unique and tailor-made for our community?
I Imagine Invermere will be unique to our community because it will:
- Draw on our community’s vision and what is important to us
- Be guided by our Community Sustainability Action Team
- Have actions based on our citizen’s ideas and input
II At the same time it might be similar to other communities because:
- We are using a systems based approach and proven process
- Small communities such as ours will have similar indicators for measuring performance
- Despite our cultural differences, we share similarities with our neighbours and other BC communities.
- We have similar economies to other communities
- We are governed by similar Federal/Provincial laws and legislation
Will ImagineInvermere provide clear answers on all community issues?
1. Imagine Invermere is not intended to provide specific answers on every issue, as this would be inflexible and would not stand the test of time. Imagine Invermere provides guidance and direction for decision-making.
2. Specific issues and situations will be assessed and discussed using Imagine Invermere criteria, along with the best possible current information that is available to arrive at optimal decisions for the community.
3. Imagine Invermere will provide guidance to ensure constant progress toward our vision – in the most feasible manner given the community’s changing economic reality. There may be some short-term trade-offs. However, all steps and decisions must contribute to our ability to meet success for our community and sustainability in the long term.
Can an ICSP truly guide community decisions? How?
Decision-making tools and frameworks based on the ICSP vision and objectives can be used to guide Council decisions, purchasing and project decisions, etc., by the local government as well as by all community organizations and businesses. For example, strategic questions such as “Does this action move our community toward our shared description of success?” requires thinking and alignment of decisions to the community’s articulated vision.
Implementing ImagineInvermere might take a lot of work. How does our community resource this?
1. Imagine Invermere will help us to use community-wide resources in a more coordinated and strategic way, to work toward our shared vision. It may also help community organizations prioritize actions to better use their internal resources.
2. Rather than requiring new resources, it requires alignment of existing budgets and resources to ensure that all are dedicated to moving toward a shared goal, rather than working inefficiently or at cross-purposes.
How does ImagineInvermere fit with other community initiatives such as (insert community hot topic)?
Imagine Invermere enables us to better manage other priorities because it provides direction around what we want to achieve in the long-term as a community, and what strategies and actions we will use to make sure we meet our long term vision.
What are the key benefits of the ImagineInvermere approach?
The Imagine Invermere approach:
1. Will align community direction towards a shared vision, using shared language, and a shared approach to implementation.
2. Will be a proactive, comprehensive , and science-based approach to long-term planning, effectively supporting collective and informed decision-making at all scales.
3. Will improve transparency and accountability through community engagement, as well as robust monitoring and reporting, and decision making tools with clear criteria.
4. Will be an effective action-oriented tool to help the community use limited resources strategically and efficiently.
5. Will position the community well for ICSP-linked funding opportunities, and potential regulatory changes.