Public Engagement

 

Civility in Public Meetings
Instructor: TBA
Description: minimum of one hour
We’ve all seen headlines of public meetings that turned into shouting matches, or been part of those same meetings. How can city officials and city staff work together on policies and procedures to ensure that their meetings are cordial, professional and effective? This workshop offers best practices and examples from across the state.
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Council Meetings: Practical Skills
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: minimum of two hours; can be expanded
Between the electoral process, the requirements of Sunshine and the diverse expectations of members, city council meetings can be great opportunities to see democracy in action, or painful lessons in human relations. There are approaches to managing and participating in council meetings that help make them more productive and less frustrating. Learn the tools to make municipal democracy work. 
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Managing Negative Public Participation
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: one to two hours
The public has a right to be heard. Unfortunately, some members of the public abuse that right for personal or political purposes that do not contribute to public understanding or decision making. This workshop explores what we should do in meetings, on social media and in the press to manage negative activity without curtailing the citizens’ right to be heard. 
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Public Trust and Mistrust
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: one to two hours
Public opinion pollsters have been documenting a fairly dramatic decline in public trust for more than a decade. What does that trend look like, who is affected, and what can municipal officials do to build public trust and address mistrust? We’ll explore some answers.
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Race, Equity and Community
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: minimum of two hours
As a city builds upon its core commitments for inclusion and diversity, the challenge is finding the right roles and tools for leaders and staff. This workshop explores best practices in each role to create and sustain these practices every day.     
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Working with Community Organizations
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: minimum of two hours; can be expanded
Meeting the needs of our cities often calls upon municipal leaders to build relationships. Those ties can include local nonprofit organizations or informal gatherings of citizens concerned about our future. The needs, capacities and priorities of these community organizations vary tremendously. Learn how to partner with these groups to build a strong civic culture and to pursue specific municipal objectives.
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