‘Public Participation’ Archive

Bikers are taking over Fort Worth! May 23, 2012 No Comments

TweetI have fond memories of my first real bike, a green 10-speed Schwinn that I heavily accessorized (baskets, lights and a horn) and rode everywhere. But of course, when my parents bought my moped, the green hornet was tucked away in a corner in the garage where it collected dust for many years.  I, like [...]

This is Not Your Mother’s Community Meeting February 24, 2012 No Comments

Tweet  As a public participation practitioner, I am always looking for different and creative ways to engage stakeholders. Traditional meetings are great; however, they can be static and limiting. The idea is PARTICIPATION, right?  The challenge is how do we inform, engage and involve? How do we respect communities, find common ground and move forward? There are new tools [...]

Corporate Social Responsibility – How important is it? October 3, 2011 No Comments

TweetCorporate social responsibility (CSR) plays an increasingly prominent role in the corporate world today.  Companies are investing more money and resources than ever before into CSR, and key strategic decisions are frequently guided by CSR considerations. In its simplest form, CSR is based upon the principle that corporations have an obligation to give back to [...]

Going Beyond the Meeting August 1, 2011 No Comments

TweetAs a thriving 20-something-year-old, I always want to incorporate  fun into a serious situation.  And that’s just what I hope to bring to public participation.  When you hear the terms “public participation,” “public meeting” or “town hall,” you immediately register theatre style seating, speeches from unknown stakeholders, intimidating people in suits and PowerPoint slides for [...]

What is Public Participation? May 27, 2011 2 Comments

Tweet When I tell people what I do for a living, I am often asked “what is public participation?” Here is the official definition, courtesy of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2): “any process that involves the public in problem solving or decision making and uses public input to make decisions.”   My role is [...]

The Future of Texas Education February 28, 2011 No Comments

TweetSchool closings. Teacher buyouts. Layoffs. Multi-million dollar budget shortfalls in almost every school district in the state. The future of education in Texas is very disheartening.  With the state attempting to close a $27 billion budget shortfall, school boards are meeting and developing worst-case scenarios based on the state’s proposed $9.3 billion in cuts from [...]

We Are The Change January 31, 2011 1 Comment

TweetWe’re often criticized for not caring, having a lack of motivation, having no interest in taking our generation to the next level, let alone any interest in politics or the current situation of our country. Who are we you ask? The Y Generation. However, the fact is, we are nothing like what we’re criticized for.  [...]

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