OPEN TOWN Civic Literacy Toolkit

Title: OPEN TOWN Civic Literacy Toolkit
Project Scope: A toolkit to help citizens of Markham explore, understand and engage with the municipal process. Submitted as a final project at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Lead concept development, design
Advisors: Chris Pandolfi (Department of Unusual Certainties), Susan Speigel, Fiona Lim Tung

Summary:
The OPEN TOWN Civic Literacy Toolkit has been designed to help citizens explore, understand and engage with the Markham municipal process. Using the format of flash cards, the toolkit breaks down complex municipal concepts and functions into simple language and clear diagrams. Citizens will find the toolkit accessible and educators are encouraged to use these cards to find creative ways to incorporate civic concepts into the classroom. Topics covered include the basic structure of town council, how the municipal processes like zoning, planning and waste management function, and explain how citizens can make change at the city.

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