Community Engagement 101

From what to how to why, an essential guide to understanding fundamentals of community engagement Community engagement can be a complicated concept. Too often, attempts at singular definitions turn the concept of engaging people to have their say on decisions that impact their lives into abstract notions that sideline it’s essence. Emphasis on the lived […]

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

3 months ago

Let’s Talk Rotorua! Manifesting values at the heart of engagement

Let’s Talk | Kōrero mai is the dedicated online engagement space of Rotorua Lakes Council, New Zealand, the local government body serving a diverse bicultural district with growing urban, rural, and lakeside communities. Over 2017-2018, the platform saw a significant rise in the number of visitors and participants having their say on a variety of […]

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

Yamini Zerfas

Yamini Zerfas

3 months ago

Can deliberation renew democracy in a digital world?

In an era of fake news, social media and public discussions among the like-minded, can deliberation renew democracy? Democracy is, seemingly, under threat the world over. Diversely labelled “democratic recession” and the “death of democracy” in the extreme, this has also given rise to “post democracy,” where parameters determining people’s living conditions are set by […]

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

3 months ago

Online Engagement–Always? After? First? When?

We are looking forward to a lively discussion at the International Association of Public Participation’s (IAP2) USA conference this year exploring decision-making processes for when to go online and when to go in-person, or both, as far as community engagement is concerned.  We will discuss the difference if we were to approach design from a “digital first” perspective.  Join the session Online Engagement – Always? First? After? When? at IAP2 USA Conference on Friday, September 6 at 1 pm.

Amanda Nagl

Amanda Nagl

4 months ago

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Staff Pick: Tell Us What you Love about Burlington

The City of Burlington started this conversation with its community when they launched the site in March 2018 to develop the conversation and the relationships online. Since its inception, they have updated the site with more tools and information about festivals and events.

Stéphanie Beaureguard

Stéphanie Beaureguard

4 months ago

Tips to Overcome Seven Issues in Online Community Engagement

From promoting your projects to creating a culture of engagement, these tips can help you overcome the seven most common challenges in online community engagement and build a solid engagement statement for your organisation.

Bang the Table

Bang the Table

5 months ago

10 Benefits of Digital First Community Engagement

Digital engagement can help achieve better community outcomes and improve the overall public experience. Below are ten reasons to consider transitioning your community engagement practice to an online platform and the value of bringing resident feedback into local government decision making.

Bang the Table

Bang the Table

5 months ago

Staff Pick: Your Say Wingecarribee Shire Council

While seeking community input on a project that is interactive in the photography competition, Wingecarribee Council are also facilitating the community‘s ability to give feedback on their aspirations for their community’s future.

Susan Sommers

Susan Sommers

5 months ago

Think Beyond the Survey

Local governments are beginning to adopt the mentality that community engagement is a process that happens with the people. Surveys happen to people. Beyond the survey, you will find richer feedback, more meaningful conversations, and more trust between your residents and your organization.

Jeremy Shackett

Jeremy Shackett

5 months ago

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#CityHallSelfie Tip Sheet

Each year, #CityHallSelfie day drives thousands of residents to city hall buildings across the country. We have teamed up with ELGL and put together a list of tips to help you take participation to the next level.

Ella Pairman

Ella Pairman

5 months ago

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