The Participation Blog

The Game Changer

People who are engaged in the practice of public engagement come to it from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives – communication, the sciences, community planning, engineering, sometimes politics – but those that are most successful almost always have one universal trait in common: the ability to truly empathize. If for no other reason than – as Alan Alda (Hawkeye) also said – “I’ve noticed that the more empathy I have, the less annoying other people are.”