Almost one month ago, Councillor Gord Perks commented on a Spacing Toronto article that speculated about which progressive candidates might run for mayor next year. Perks’s insight was essentially: worry not about the candidate but about the issues; the right candidate will become clear when the issues have been defined. Today, Councillor Joe Mihevc launched Setting the Agenda 2010, a process to identify the policies that Torontonians want to see mayoral candidates adopt as part of their campaign.
Mihevc’s recipe for an agenda goes something like this:
-Start with one pre-fab web site. Promote generously for one week.
-During the week, encourage all visitors to liberally sprinkle on the web site the issues, ideas and solutions they want mayoral candidates to endorse and debate during their campaigns.
-When the week is finished, take all comments on the web site and place them inside the Wychwood Barns, inviting all participants and interested people to a meeting on November 24 from 6:30-9PM where the ideas will be discussed, debated and, well, cooked.
-Those ideas that attendees determine are fully baked will be placed on the “agenda,” and mayoral candidates will be asked to endorse them.
Voila, you have a resident-led process to define important issues for the 2010 municipal election. Of course, it only works if Torotonians participate in the process so head on over to the Setting the Agenda 2010 web site and start contributing your constructive ideas for making Toronto a better city.
The November 24 meeting will run from 6:30-9PM and be held at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., just south of St. Clair. For more information on Setting the Agenda 2010, visit www.settingtheagenda2010.com and follow the process and discussion on Twitter through @agenda_2010.
photo by Wylie Poon