Conversation focuses on future of economy

A 100 Community Conversation session will be held at Vernon’s Okanagan Regional Library Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

North Okanagan residents are being given a voice on the future of the economy.

A 100 Community Conversation session will be held at Vernon’s Okanagan Regional Library Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“Over the course of the dialogue, you will have an opportunity to share your ideas, questions and insights about B.C.’s current and future economy,” states a release from Simon Fraser University, which is organizing the event.

“This discussion will be informed by your knowledge, values, and your consideration of others’ perspectives. You will learn more about the B.C.s economy, its current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Working with others, and drawing from your own expertise, you will have an opportunity to chart a plan for B.C.’s economic future which identifies some of the actions the province can take to create wealth, address social equity and protect the environment.

SFU says you do not need to be an expert in economics to participate in the process.

“We are all a part of the economy whether we are working in a paid or unpaid capacity, self-employed or working on a factory floor, studying in a college or writing software code from our home office.

“The goal in launching this dialogue is to move beyond the polarization that often permeates our discussions about B.C.’s economy. We encourage you to come to the table with an open and curious mind – to learn and to share your wisdom and ideas with others.”

The results of the 100 Community Conversations across the province will be compiled into a Citizen’s Agenda for B.C.’s Economic Future, which will provide the basis for a broader consultation process.

It will also be included during SFU’s Community Summit Oct. 4 in the Lower Mainland.

For more information, e-mail khennings@orl.bc.ca or go to www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2013summit.html.