Are you often in a position where you’re making decisions that affect large populations? Do you frequently feel political pressure from multiple directions? Do you feel as if you are often unsure of what the public wants, or perhaps you only hear from the same, small group of citizens? This seminar will help you develop the knowledge, tools, and skill sets to enrich your engagement with the public. You’ll learn how to identify stakeholders and create customized strategies for engaging them; how to facilitate difficult conversations involving competing viewpoints; and how to bring an array of stakeholders to consensus. You will also examine some of the most cutting-edge technology for public engagement. Read more about course modules and event details below.
Are you often faced with decisions that will affect large populations with competing points of view? Do you find it challenging to make decisions that will satisfy those diverse audiences? In this seminar, you will examine the art and science behind finding consensus, exploring methods, techniques, and strategies to address challenging public issues. You will analyze contemporary public issues; try your hand at resolving them; and develop the skills needed to manage the plethora of moving pieces at play in a civic matter. In turn, you will help revolutionize civic discourse and produce more sustainable resolutions to public conflicts. (One-day training)
Do you find it difficult to connect effectively and efficiently with a large audience? Does it seem overwhelming to find ways to communicate with thousands of people who might be affected by a decision you are charged with making or helping to make? A wide array of technological tools plays a crucial role in helping reach large audiences in cost-effective and meaningful ways, particularly when those populations find it difficult or unappealing to attend in-person meetings. This seminar will help you examine the many ways in which technology can help you engage large populations and better understand their interests and viewpoints, in order to gain a better sense of your audience as a whole. (Half-day seminar)
Continuing Education Credits
Are you looking for continuing education opportunities as a planner? The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life will be offering a public engagement training course geared towards the planning community with Continuing Education Credits available to help with your Certification Maintenance needs as an AICP. Dates will be announced shortly. If you would like more information, contact Larry Schooler at 512-387-4876.
The February Public Engagement Training was SOLD OUT. Check back for more dates to be announced. Questions? Email email@example.com
3-day Training Pricing:
"Early early bird" pricing through Jan. 2 $525 / participant "Early bird" pricing through Jan. 30 $625 / participant Regular pricing through Feb. 25 $750 / participant
Individual Modules (one-day) Pricing:
"Early early bird" pricing through Jan. 2 $225 / participant "Early bird" pricing through Jan. 30 $275 / participant Regular pricing through Feb. 25 $325 / participant
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, Belo Center for New Media
Parking: Included in your registration fee. Directions will be shared with registered participants via email.
Lodging: If you will need lodging, here is a list of quality hotels conveniently located near the UT Austin campus.
Questions about event logistics? Contact the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life senior fellow Larry Schooler will lead this initiative for the Institute. Larry is a mediator, facilitator, and community engagement consultant for the City of Austin and outside clients and the immediate past president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). His work has been recognized as best practice by several organizations, including the National League of Cities and the German Marshall Fund.
The following organizations have participated in our Public Engagement Trainings:
Austin ISD - Communications and Community Engagement
Austin Resource Recovery
City and County of Denver
City of Austin - Austin Energy
City of Austin - Code Department
City of Austin - Economic Development Department
City of Austin - Watershed Protection
City of Brownsville
City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri
City of Dubuque
City of Fort Worth
City of Naperville
City of New Braunfels
City of Oakland Park
City of Plano
Community Advancement Network
Hahn Public Communications
Harris County Flood Control District
Humane Society of New Braunfels
Institute for Participatory Management and Planning
National Conference of State Legislatures
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Oak Hill Elementary PTA
Rocky View County
Salt Lake City Corp.
Somers-Jaramillo & Associates
Texas Humane Legislation Network
TxDOT - Office of Public Involvement