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Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill

We are pleased to share the announcement below about a great workshop led by several NCDD members this October 22. NCDD Supporting Member Mary Gelinas shared this announcement via our great Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog!


Engaging the public in planning and policy making is a vital skill for leaders in all sectors, not just in government.

Join us for a half-day workshop on Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill led by Pete Peterson and Carol Rische on Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 9am to 12pm at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka, CA.

Pete Peterson is the director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University (and also an NCDD member). He speaks nationally on issues related to public participation and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent.

Carol Rische is the former General Manager of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District where she successfully led an award-winning, community based water resource planning process to address issues facing the District and our community.

If you are interested in becoming more effective in engaging the public in addressing tough issues, this workshop is for you. During this practical and interactive seminar you will learn:

  • A variety of ways to engage the public in meaningful and effective ways
  • The key questions to ask yourself before beginning a public engagement process
  • Criteria to follow while planning a public engagement process
  • How leaders and residents can engage one another more effectively, and
  • Why the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s public process so successful.

To register call 707-826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended/register.

This session is being hosted by two members of NCDD: Mary Gelinas and Roger James.

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This post was submitted by a member of the NCDD community. NCDD members are leaders and future leaders in the fields of public engagement, conflict resolution, and community problem solving. You, too, can post to the NCDD blog by completing the Add-to-Blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit.

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