02 Feb Planning a community engagement
For 6 years we have been working with the mayor Tiberiu Chirilas and the council of Vama Buzaului on a community engagement, to bring more responsible prosperity to the people of the municipality. Vama Buzaului is a unique village with a strong community identity, with a strong sense of the tradition that comes with centuries of Transylvanian pastoral life, even going as far back as Roman and Dacian times.
A substantial part of the 6 years was trust and relationship building to develop a collaborative initiative to bring responsible investment to this unique location, investments that will lead to the development of eco, agro and culture tourism to this location, tourism that should benefit the people, tourism that should leave nature and traditions untouched. The branding is around Village Life, between the City and the Wolves.
Up to today we have discussed with the mayor and the council for planning and the development of a first joint venture, the Valley21 project, a first of many to come, we hope.
We haven’t yet discussed directly with the community. With the start of the construction of a first house in Valley21 this must now change.
On 22 of February we are organizing a ‘’Town Hall’’ communication event where we, Building the Future in Vama Buzaului, supported by the council and mayor of Vama Buzaului will present the plans and ask for feedback.
In order to finalize the plans and agenda we conducted a meeting with the mayor of Vama Buzaului and a few council members. The discussions were mostly about developing the written communication material and the how we could best present the plans. The presentation will be in English with immediate translation.
The objective of the town hall meeting public debate is to start a process of engagement with the people. This will not happen overnight, this is rural area with less education and with a less worldly outlook. But with a visionary message communicated in simple terms together with actual projects we hope to start a process of people empowerment where the ‘’grassroots’’ will themselves start to take ownership of a new future for the community.