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May 20, 2015

Troubleshooting Public Engagement Featuring David Kahane


Effective public engagement processes often lead to wise recommendations and are seen as critical to the democratic process, yet the work involves big risks and challenges.

How do we mitigate those risks and plan for success? What do we do when things go sideways, whether within an engagement process or in ensuring its influence? And how do we frame and acknowledge the tensions between the implicit desire to do public good and the broader political realities that confront us?

This inaugural event in the Skillful Engagement series will create space for engagement professionals to reflect on the underlying values that drive our work, explore shared challenges, and troubleshoot tricky situations in current engagement projects. Feature speaker David Kahane will provide insights from recent work by Alberta Climate Dialogue, drawing upon decades of experience investigating democratic theory and deliberative public processes.


Wed, 20 May 2015 2:00 PM - 5PM

(complimentary reception until 6pm)


SFU Harbour Centre Room 1400
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC


Cost: $20 - Register here.
* Can’t afford to purchase a ticket? Contact: Shea O'Neil at

About David Kahane

David Kahane is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is Project Director of Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD), a federally funded community-university research partnership convening citizens in Alberta to deliberate on climate change policy, and learning from careful evaluation of these processes and their outcomes ( His broader research deals with theories and practices of democratic dialogue and deliberation, with particular focus on features of process design that make public dialogues more inclusive and transformative.

Read more about the Skillful Engagement Series

Skillful Engagement is a community of practice for engagement practitioners. The series showcases innovative projects and speakers, provides a forum to share knowledge and challenges, and acts as a catalyst to inspire and support the growing engagement sector. This work reflects a shared understanding that improved engagement of communities, organizations and stakeholders leads to better decisions and stronger, more resilient outcomes.

Skillful Engagement is a partnership between the SFU Centre for Dialogue’s Civic Engage Program, SFU Public Square, and SFU’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate program.

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