Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton
Public engagement can help communities make difficult decisions and solve formidable problems.
It can help protect our rights, promote social justice and fairness, and improve our quality of life. However, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for public engagement. Each city, each community comes with its own unique set of issues and opportunities.
On November 4, 2015, CPI joined forces with the City of Edmonton to lead a strategic workshop on public engagement. The day-long session was designed to help equip Edmonton’s municipal leaders and community representatives to better engage their citizens in meaningful civic dialogue, and ultimately to work towards a coherent, comprehensive, and home-grown system of engagement for our city.
Session presenters were Matt Leighninger and Nicole Hewitt from New York engagement consulting organization Public Agenda. Matt and Nicole guided workshop participants, including City of Edmonton staff and representatives from the Edmonton Foundation of Community Leagues, in an interactive dialogue on best practices in engagement, as well as on how to apply learnings from engagement case studies to the Edmonton context.
Matt Leighninger leads Public Agenda’s work in public engagement and democratic governance, and directs the Yankelovich Centre for Public Judgement. Matt was also the lead writer on CPI’s recently released report Strengthening Engagement in Edmonton (link). Nicole Hewitt is a Senior Public Engagement Associate at Public Agenda, where she designs and manages public engagement projects and leads stakeholder engagement dialogues and trainings across the United States and Canada.
Check out the event poster for more information about the event agenda and guest presenters.
Read CPI’s report on Strengthening Public Engagement in Edmonton to learn more about the best practices in public engagement, including the key elements of successful strategies.