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Dr. Joanna Ashworth is the Director of Professional Programs in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She is also a filmmaker, a researcher and a university educator. Currently Joanna teaches in the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development and in the professional Certificate for Dialogue and Civic Engagement at SFU. Her work at SFU and with other organizations involves curriculum design, program planning and dialogue facilitation on public issues. She was the director of Dialogue Programs at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue for ten years where, among the many public dialogues she has directed, she designed a dialogue on sustainability involving the Dalai Lama and several other Nobel Laureates, a futures dialogue series called Imagine BC, the dialogue programs for the BC ministry responsible for multiculturalism, and a public education series called Engaging Diaspora in Development. Most recently, Joanna directed the planning phase of the highly innovative, neighbourhood engaged demonstration project My Neighourhood My Future in Surrey, British Columbia. Joanna represents Simon Fraser University on a new research initiative called “Participedia” a project initiated by UBC’s Mark Warren and others in the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.