Authenticity, Innovation, and the Paradox of Parks


Ottawa Citizen
Andrew Potter

One of the great popular appeals of the park is that it serves as a refuge from the artificiality, the consumerism, and the bureaucratic alienation of modern life. And yet many of the biggest challenges parks face stem from precisely their status as artificial entities. They serve a group of customers, and face many of the same bureaucratic pressures that impinge on the rest of our lives. Indeed, the very idea of “innovation” is one of the most modern of notions. This presentation looks at how we can square the quest for authenticity with the need for innovation.

A presentatiion from the 2013 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Parks Forum

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