In 2010, the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) will be partnering with cities around the country to host one-day workshops designed to enhance public engagement and build skills in quality engagement processes.
This workshop will connect people in the public engagement / dialogue and deliberation field with people from public sector, civic, educational and other organizations in an interactive learning environment focused on several key knowledge areas:
- What constitutes quality public engagement? What principles and key considerations are necessary to effectively and meaningfully engage citizens to make difficult policy decisions and to address community challenges?
- How can we best utilize online engagement tools? What are the criteria and strategies for understanding the implications of an ever-growing array of online engagement tools? What are some effective use of these tools and how can we blend the online strategy with more traditional forms of engagement.
- How can we enhance partnerships between practitioners and the public sector? How can we effectively match the needs and priorities of public sector entities with the skills and expertise of dialogue and deliberation practitioners.
A local project team, being headed up by Diane Miller, is working on developing the approach for the day seeking event sponsors and firming up a date and location.
More details will be coming soon, but if you want to learn more or have suggestions for sponsors or other outreach ideas, you can email Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.