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NCDD Confab call on 6/29 featuring Susanna Haas Lyons

Update: Thanks goes out to all the 40 participants that joined us for today’s call, with a special thanks to Susanna for sharing details of her program. You can find out more about the call here, including the working document we assembled during the call and the confab’s audio.

Join us on Wednesday, June 29th from 2:00 to 3:00 EST for an NCDD Confab call with Susanna Haas Lyons.  Susanna will be sharing some of her learnings and observations from an interesting Facebook app-based public engagement project in May and June. The Greenest City Conversations research project was led by Susanna in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Plan team.

Confab bubble imageVancouver drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders participated in a two-week Facebook discussion event to give advice to the City of Vancouver and learn about the future of transportation in our city.

Starting May 31, residents and commuters discussed key issues – like health, affordability, economy, and the environment – in small Facebook groups via an application that was open for sign-ups at http://Apps.Facebook.com/VanTransportFuture until May 31st. Each group then worked together to evaluate strategies and propose directions for the City’s Transportation Plan.

Discussion groups ran for two weeks (May 31-June 14) followed by a chance to promote their ideas through public Facebook sharing and commenting (June 15-21). The conversation is drawing from public input received during previous public consultations, such as the Greenest City planning process.

Exploring Vancouver’s Transportation Future is a partnership of the City of Vancouver and Greenest City Conversations, a University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University group that is hosting and researching innovative public conversations about Vancouver’s sustainability future.

Results of the Facebook event and other public transportation conversations this spring will be integrated into a draft Transportation Plan by the City of Vancouver, which will then go back to the public for feedback in early 2012. Researchers from the University of British Columbia will produce a report out of the Facebook discussion with specific recommendations for how the City of Vancouver can create a Transportation Plan that is responsive to public priorities.

This NCDD Confab call will be great for those interested in online engagement and social media. This will be an informal conversation with Susanna about the technology they’ve been using and what she’s learned and experienced so far via this new methodology for engaging the public on city-wide issues.  Please come prepared to engage with Susanna and ask questions!

Here are the call-in details for the Confab:

At 2:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, June 29th, dial 1-213-289-0500 (long distance to Los Angeles), and use the access code 444839# when prompted.

We’ll also be using a collaborative Google Doc as an online space where everyone can post questions during the call, share resources you know about, share your contact details, etc. During the call, click on this link to participate: http://tinyurl.com/ncdd-confab-6-29-11.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. At the recent online conference “Interactive Games and Mobile Apps for Public Engagement”, Susanna and her colleague, Amanda Mitchell, gave a great presentation on how the Greenest City project has found ways to successfully bridge online and face-to-face engagement. You probably don’t want to miss this confab call. 😉

  2. […] NCDD Confab call on Greenest City Conversations Facebook Discussion […]

  3. Check out the app (public phase) at

    Looking forward to it!

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