Wednesday, November 25, 2009
DALLAS -- When you think of Dallas, what do you think of?
The city, the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas School District are collaborating on a project to provide an answer.
Roger Pope, executive director of the Visual Media Center, put together a presentation of how the project called "nsight," or insight, would work at an introductory meeting Nov. 17 at Dallas High School. About 50 people attended, many associated with the city, schools and chamber.
The idea behind nsight is finding consensus on a plan for the future of Dallas. Pope said he suspects if questions about where the city is headed were posed to citizens now, responses would reflect the community's lack of forward-thinking.
"I think if you were to ask six different people, you would probably get six different answers," Pope said.
The community visioning project will begin with an honest look at the state of the community now, where the city would go if it remained on that path, where do citizens want the community to go and -- the big question -- how will it get there?
If that seems overwhelming, those proposing the idea agree. To simplify the process, a 10-member executive committee formed of leaders for the city, schools and chamber will divide the project into individual topics, such as athletics, recreation, business, education and community engagement.
The committee will invite citizen input and enlist the help of consultants on answers to problems or needs in the community that will become part of an overall action plan.
While putting ideas to action may cost money in the future, establishing the plan itself will not come with a price tag.
"All we are actually doing is say `Let's just sit down and talk things out,'" Pope said.