Community Relations

Don’t Blow the First Five

Regardless of the purpose or size of any meeting that you’re managing, there are a few things that need to happen right away – like now. First, people have to feel comfortable and welcome and you need to make sure that happens. Second, people need to know why they’re there; ...
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Go Slow to Go Fast

A common pushback we hear against doing effective public participation is that it just takes too long. Organizations hate the idea of letting the public, especially their critics, slow their plans and the process down. If people would just leave us alone, things would go so much better and when ...
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We the People

Democracy is the genesis of public participation – power held by the people. In 1787, when the Founding Fathers had hammered out the U.S. Constitution in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin told an inquiring woman what the gathering had produced, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” A ...
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