Social license or license to stall?

By Dr Robert Boutilier

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On October 8, 2014, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary sponsored a symposium entitled “Is Social License a License to Stall?”. Non-Canadians can be forgiven for not getting it. License to stall? What?The concept of the SLO originated in the Canadian mining industry. It was coined by a Vancouver-based executive of Placer Dome named Jim Cooney. Controversies surrounding infrastructure development (e.g., airports, highways), energy projects (e.g., gas, wind, pipelines, electrical power lines) and the extractive industries (e.g., forestry, mining, petroleum) usually include the tension between the widely-distributed, ‘common good’ benefits and the locally concentrated positive benefits and negative impacts.Continue reading...
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