Series: Formative Documents

Ottawa Valley Group
Groupe de la Vallee de l’Ottawa
Grupo de la Valle de Ottawa

The Social and Political Force of the Future The political and cultural climate now encourages coordination in replace of control. Public participation is giving way to civic engagement. This is a necessary evolution. We are leaving behind outmoded strategies, which saw the State at a remove. With more active, educated, and connected populations, the demands placed on government by its citizens are now characterized by a desire for involvement, recognition, contribution, acknowledgement, and incorporation. The process has become the product. As we embrace secular, civic existence, we increasingly seek meaning within the processes, which constitute our collective, daily life. Further, a growing consensus holds that the wisdom of the groups is at least equivalent to the wisdom of the group, i.e. publics vs. council. We, the people, hold our selves responsible for developments within our polity. A healthy city sees publics forming and disperssing around issues of fleeting and sustained interest. How do we best gather physically and digitally? How do our gatherings relate to decision making, power, and future planning? When we deliberately gather, we accept a civic ‘terms and conditions’. What are they? How do we achieve consensus before we even open our mouth? Engaging in a conversation confirms that you care about a declared subject. “Why do you care?” “Each group a means of creating.” What do we create? Mainly, our groups produce vision. As vision varies in its depth and quality, we tie as many together as possible. Often, we lose ‘vision’ in our translations. But finally, sharp vision is still our desired outcome. In our emerging schema, visionaries give way to visions, collectively produced and concertedly published. -- Morgen Peers, Coordinator

Introduction. Aims. Ambition.
A group that thinks like a valley; regionally, ecologically.

Un groupe qui pense comme un valle; regionale, ecologiquement.

Un grupo que piensa como un valle; regional, ecologicamente.


Ottawa, ON K2P 0A8

T 613-883-1982 @ OVG_GVO

Ottawa Valley Group | Groupe de la Vallee de l’Ottawa | Grupo de la Valle de Ottawa

Ottawa Valley Group will support teams of experts as they study and report openly on critical questions and known challenges, both regional and global. The OVG will openly review received reports. Acting in its capacity as a non-profit cooperative, OVG will approve of and assist in the establishment of other necessary public-serving social enterprises. OVG will re-present the sum of its acquired knowledge through public education campaigns.

Ecology of the Cooperative - Core Groups A 3 - Review Reports / Set Agenda 1 - Review Reports / Set Agenda Roles & Responsibilities A Funds B & C Sponsor Other Working Groups Establish New Non-Profits Promote the Ottawa Valley B 1 - Report to Board 2 - Lend Expertise to C Roles & Responsibilities Study & Report on Infrastructure Sponsor Study Groups Aggregate Information & Resources Promote Regional Thinking C 3 - Report to Board 2 - Lend Expertise to B Roles & Responsibilities Study & Report on Quality of Life Sponsor Study Groups Aggregate Information & Resources Promote Ecological Thinking

Board-sponsored working groups join with A, functionally separated from the activities of B and C.

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A = Board of Directors Introduction. Aims. Ambition.

C = Human Ecology Working Group 1

B = Critical Regional Working Group

Ottawa Valley Group | Groupe de la Vallee de l’Ottawa | Grupo de la Valle de Ottawa

“B and C are permanently convened bodies of regional, national and international practicioners, each rotating their seat at a determined interval, with each seat being dedicated to some or all of each Working Group’s chief tenets.”
OVG-GVO // Board of Directors // Group A
• The Board will maintain a trans-disciplinary view of the Valley, its challenges and opportunities, achieved through a diversity of representation and decision-making within the Group. • As a cooperative, the Group will be the sum of its membership; one vote per member. • Once the Group is initially established, Directors are then appointed by a members vote. • Voting takes place every four years / 3-Term limit for all Directors
• Text for Review: History of the Ottawa Valley | First Report: Future of the Ottawa Valley

Critical Regional Working Group // Group B
• Critical Regionalism describes a trans-disciplinary stance toward a locality's ongoing negotiations in the fields of Housing, Transportation, Urban Planning, and Infrastructure, et al; the balance to be struck is between regional heritage and globally ascending norms and patterns.
• What trends are developing elsewhere? What types of initiatives are working nearby? Abroad? • This group will initially form through a 1-year re-examination of two seminal Canadian texts:
• Metropolitan Problems: A Search for Comprehensive Solutions & Urban Canada: Problems and Prospects

Human Ecology Working Group // Group C
• "Human ecology deals with the relationship between humans, human societies, and their natural, social, and created environments."
• Human ecology explores not only the influence of humans on their environment but also the influence of the environment on human behaviour, and their adaptive strategies as they come to understand those influences better. [...] For us, human ecology is a methodology as much as an area of research. It is a way of thinking about the world, and a context in which we define our questions and ways to answer those questions [...] – "What is Human Ecology?", Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

• How is regional life being re-imagined around the Globe? How is happiness being attained? • This group will initially form through a 1-year re-examination of two seminal Canadian texts:
• Shared Spaces: The Communities Agenda & Belonging: The Meaning and Future of Canadian Citizenship

Temporarily Sponsored Working Groups // D, ... ∞
• Novel or emerging issues require thoughtful and timely responses. • The Group will be attentive to such issues through its regional and global leadership • dotOttawa is being put forth as OVG’s first temporarily sponsored Working Group • The dotOttawa Project will become known as Group D, with new groups following as E, F, ... AA, etc. • See:

Introduction. Aims. Ambition.


Ottawa Valley Group | Groupe de la Vallee de l’Ottawa | Grupo de la Valle de Ottawa

“The Ottawa Valley Group will focus on the two main aspects of betterment as pertains to a city-region; its situation vis-a-vis its neighbours and global partners, and second, the ecology and/or interplay among people, places, and policies connected to and affecting life within the area.”

As a Group
A total view of the Valley can be achieved utilizing a five-point framework for analysis and critique. Five-Point Framework: People, Places, Pillars, Policies, and Power. People - Citizens, residents and all vistors to an area. Places - Known locales, landmarks, utilities, and architecture (landscape or otherwise). Pillars - “... of the community.” Connurbations of people and/or information. People or Hubs - analog or digital. Policies - Value Statements, Motions and other functional recommendations by groups or bodies. Power - Elected officials, arbiters of access (to resources), and other centres of decision-making and/or authority.

People, Places, Pillars, Policies, and Power; a region’s 5 Political Ecologies.
Ongoing summarization of these ecologies and their inter-play will characterize the Group’s background activities

The Group aims to lead other global regions through its collaborative and trans-disciplinary (read: exemplary) focus on pressing issues affecting the Ottawa Valley, the Outaouais, and other affiliated regions, including the Greater Toronto Area and the island of Montreal. What challenges are common to others? What solutions are pan-regional? Pan-continental?

The Group aims to pioneer novel methods for analyzing and conceptualizing the myriad ecologies, within which each of us lives and participates. By connecting the fields of Municipal Cultural Planning, Public Health, and Environmental Science, citizens, visitors, and professionals alike will more holistically envision our area’s complexity and potential. What webs of ecologies do we find elsewhere? What types of ecologies are native to the Valley? Could they thrive in foreign soil? Introduction. Aims. Ambition. 3

Ottawa Valley Group | Groupe de la Vallee de l’Ottawa | Grupo de la Valle de Ottawa

“The Ottawa Valley Group is being established, in the hopes that open collaboration and information-sharing will lead to a convivial consensus around acute regional and global issues. Consensus is the pre-condition for collective action. What types of action have appeal? Can we demonstrative?”

Lighter. Tighter. Brighter. LIGHTER The Group seeks to lessen its imprint but amplify its impact, much like its hopes for the Ottawa Valley. TIGHTER As ecologies overlap and assist one another, the region moves toward a desirable state of dense inter-dependency. BRIGHTER We believe our region and its people can each have a brilliant, more attractive future - indeed one brings about the other.

What is all this Four?
1 2 Committee of the 4th Internal Ecology

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Ecologies 1. 2, and 3 will be represented by small committees (referred to as Committees 1, 2, and 3), wherein members from A & B, or B & C, or A & C will meet periodically to exchange ideas and information. Committee 4 will be composed of representatives from all three groups.
By allowing members of the Board, the Groups, and the Cooperative to encounter one another within a supportive, deliberative space (4), collective ambition can encounter collective wisdom. big ideas. blooming.



Introduction. Aims. Ambition.