As public policy practitioners, we work with the decision maker to identify and engage stakeholders when stakeholder engagement is necessary to inform the public policy making process.
How can the public proactively identify and engage decision makers?
Can our public participation practices facilitate this form of democratic engagement?
This interactive presentation will share lessons learned when a nonprofit organization paired with two governmental entities worked to influence 52 other elected officials to adopt a joint resolution across a five-county region.
Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of what is successful and challenging about engaging in a bottom-up public participation process, and an outline of a potential framework for practitioners to utilize. Attendees will walk away with a personalized workbook to outline the steps they can utilize to successfully implement a bottom-up approach to public participation.
Members: Free -- Non-Members: $50
Speaker: Kimberly Horndeski
Kimberly Horndeski is a certified mediator, facilitator, IAP2 USA Board of Directors Member, and the Executive Director for Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on integrating policy and science to engage stakeholders, develop strategic plans, promote collaboration, and transform conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has led multiple state and national working groups to overcome challenges and reach agreement. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as working with nonprofits to develop effective strategies to engage elected officials in adopting initiatives, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to incorporate stakeholder values throughout the nation in the decision-making process for federally-listed threatened and endangered species.
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