2006 Conference Keynote Speakers
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Keynote Speakers

IAP2 is pleased to welcome the following speakers:

Storm Cunningham

Author, The Restoration Economy (Berrett Koehler, November 2002), Executive Director, Revitalization Institute, the alliance for community renewal and natural resource restoration.  Revitalization Institute is a non-profit research and education organization supported by its members.  Its mission is "to advance integrated renewal of communities and natural resources worldwide".  CEO, Revitalization Strategies, Inc. RSI is a consulting firm that helps communities, counties, tribes, regions, and nations develop integrated revitalization strategies.  This approach creates rapid, sustainable economic growth based on restoring built, natural, and cultural assets with the involvement of all stakeholders.  See www.revitalizationInstitute.org.  Storm will on the integrative power of restoration – challenges of leaders in getting warring parties together, focus on making everyone relevant to the conversation, will do a book signing as well as submit a proposal for a half day pre-conference training.


Dr. Wendy Sarkissian and Darren Cooper


Darren Cooper  -  Formerly the Western Australian Young Developer of the Year, Darren is Development Director of Mirvac Fini, the Perth-based property development subsidiary of the national public-listed Mirvac Limited. His latest projects are the successful re-launching of the previously failed Port Kennedy project on the southern metropolitan coast and the redevelopment of the Peninsula Hotel site in Mandurah. Darren holds positions on the Port Kennedy Management Board and the W. A. Coastal Planning & Coordination Council. With a degree in Valuation & Land Economics from Curtin University and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, he lectures in the Property and Town Planning programmes at Curtin University and has spoken widely about his work.

Darren Cooper

Dr Wendy Sarkissian FPIA  -  Dr Wendy Sarkissian is a consultant social planner specialising in the more complex challenges of community engagement. Her work has been acknowledged by 39 professional awards and her academic career has included teaching in schools of architecture, landscape architecture and planning in Australia and overseas. Her Ph.D. dissertation explored ways of nurturing an ethic of caring for Nature in the education of Australian planners. She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and co-author of the multi-award winning series of advisory materials, Community Participation in Practice (1994-2002).


Wendy and Darren have enchanted audiences in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane with their dramatic illustrated story of struggle, commitment, reconciliation and transformation.

Wendy Sarkissian

Annie Roy


Annie Roy is the Co-founder of ATSA – Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable –  ATSA creates artistic events in urban spaces to cause reflection and to feed public discussion on social, environmental and political problems. Among their the most noticed achievements, is L’État d’urgence, which was carried out five times since 1998 – involving the establishment of a refugee camp in downtown Montreal to allow meetings and discussion with itinerant and homeless residents of Montreal, to fight against individualism and isolation, and to cause reflection on the direction of the community. Large tents are set up on the Place Émilie Gamelin, several artists animate the places, meals and clothing are distributed.  Annie has another Refugee Camp planned for November 22, 2006.  Annie will speak on the power of communities to rebuild themselves, and the importance of individual responsibility and action for the collective good.  She will address the need for real meaningful dialogue in creating space and place that is reflective of all members of the community.  Her presentation at the IAP2 conference will be in French with simultaneous interpretation.

Jamais Cascio

Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies and cultural transformation, and specializes in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work emphasizes the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, particularly regarding the environment and technological development. In 2003, he co-founded WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website dedicated to exploring models, tools and ideas for building a "bright green" future. His articles at WorldChanging covered topics including energy and the environment, global development, open source technologies, and catalysts for social change. Cascio's work has focused in particular on the use of emerging network and mobile technologies for political and environmental participation.

Jamais Cascio
Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, and his essays about technology and society have appeared in a variety of publications, both print and online. Jamais has degrees in Anthropology, History and Political Science. He lives outside of San Francisco with his wife, Janice Cripe..

Michelle Dagnino

Michelle Dagnino, BA (Spec. Hons), MA, is a third-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. Michelle is currently the program coordinator at Youth Action Network (YAN), a national organization dedicated to youth activism and empowerment. Michelle has been a social justice advocate since her teen years, when she first founded ASPIRE, a community mentorship group that paired young women with community leaders to promote healthy self-esteem and to establish strong role models. Since then she has continued to be a forceful voice for the marginalized, including a year spent abroad as the ICFTU Child Labour Campaign Coordinator. In her position as Child Labour Coordinator, based out of Brussels, Belgium, Michelle travelled around the world working with trade unions, businesses and grassroots organizations to help them combat child labour in their communities, believing that child labour has to be addressed at its source. Michelle moved to Toronto in 2002 to begin work on her Master’s. Her Master’s thesis focused on ideas for building a social movement trade union organization, and she continues to expand on this work in law school.

Michelle has worked for over 8 years in the social justice movement and her work with youth and young women garnered her the 2004 YWCA Women of Distinction award. Her high profile work also lead to MacLean’s calling her “one of the Top 25 Leaders under 30” in Canada, featuring her on their cover. Michelle has been the frequent subject of various newspaper and magazine articles, and has been featured on CBC Metro Morning, CHRY, CHIN, CityTV, the Liveable City, VOX and other media. The Toronto Star named Michelle “a woman to buoy the soul.”

John Forester

John Forester studies the micropolitics of community planning processes by exploring the oral histories of planners and mediators who often work "in between" multiple and diverse stakeholders. An intermittent mediator for many years with his local Community Dispute Resolution Center, he has published widely on issues of power, participation, value differences and mediated negotiations in planning and community contexts. His most well known work appears on "listening" in Planning in the Face of Power (UCPress, 1989) and the related Deliberative Practitioner (MIT Pr. 1999), the latter particularly based on planners' stories and narrative accounts. He's finishing a book on the dramas, lessons and wisdom of mediation for those interested in deliberative democratic politics and participatory processes more generally.

Steven Clift

Steven Clift is one of world’s leading experts on the use of information and communication technologies in democracy. Having coined the term “e-democracy” in 1994, his knowledge comes from real-world experience in government and civil society. With his speaking trips to 25 countries and even broader global networks online, he further gathers research and presents an always up-to-date view on global e-democracy trends relevant. In a spirited manner tailored to the audience, he shares practical examples that governments can use to ensure balanced e-government with better service and democracy.


Over the years he has advised many of the leading e-democracy countries early in their development. From extensive consulting work for the UK Local E-Democracy National Project and speaking engagements in places like Iceland, Mongolia, and New Zealand, Steven has a variety of experiences he can draw upon in conference sessions, media interviews, and meetings with government managers and political leaders.  He can help raise awareness of e-democracy in the early stages of national exploration just as he can be brought in for peer-to-peer professional exchange among established e-democracy practitioners.

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