Vince Verlaan is a community and stakeholder engagement specialist, participatory planner, workshop and process designer and facilitator, host, MC, and educator with more than 20 years of experience.
As principal of Modus Planning, Design and Engagement, he works across many sectors, but the core practice is the design and facilitation of "strong engagement" initiatives with/for local and regional governments, crown corporations, community groups, universities and progressive private companies.
These initiatives (where engagement is genuine rather than ritualistic) ensure productive conversations, generate consensus, create actionable outcomes, build community and organizational capacity, and support the emergence of new leaders. They also enhance social learning about sustainability and how to achieve balance between ecological health, social well-being, equity and economic vitality. Teaching and speaking on methods and principles extends the practice, as does the development and deployment of agency-wide engagement policies, frameworks and toolkits.
Verlaan is trained in and draws from an approach called The Art of Hosting Transformative Conversations and uses dialogue-based techniques like circle, world cafe, open space and interview matrix. He is very skilled in community planning and design processes; he also draws from the work of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).