The “Professionals and Civic Engagement” Workshop at the 2006 PPW brings together a group of organizations that have agreed to document what they are finding as they explore new ways of building, and relating with, civic life through deliberative practices. at this stage of the work we are especially focused on what is being learned about the roles such organizations can play in naming and framing issues in ways that citizens can collectively recognize the choices they face. The workshop goals are to support and strengthen the shared knowledge of the participants, identify new lines of research, and explore ways to share findings and insights with others.
This is the description of the work being done at the Civic Engagement Public Policy Workshop in Dayton, Ohio June 26-28, 2006. Brad Rourke, a long-time researcher/writer/consultant recently posted a blog about his experience in this workshop. His first post which will surely grow over the next two days, can be found at: http://www.bradrourke.com/pc/2006/06/what-are-we-learning.html.
Brad Rourke has worked for years to improve public life at many levels and in many ways, devoting his deep concern with how organizations relate to the public, what makes them tick, and why this matters. He focuses on writing and communications, project management, strategy development and qualitative analysis.