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Creating space for transformative conversations

Tools & Resources


A strategic framework for public engagement

Six considerations for sponsoring your next public engagement initiative.

Eight characteristic of highly effective public engagement

Public engagement is undergoing a fundamental shift: governments want to hear from citizens who are informed about the issues, understand real world trade-offs and reflect the views of the general public rather than the “same ten people.” Citizens wish to be active participants in shaping their communities and to know that engagement provides genuine opportunities to affect decisions.

Characteristics of participatory systems change (short)

This approach redefines key aspects of engagement, including:

• Sponsorship
• Issue framing
• Sequencing
• The nature of democratic exchange
• The method of analysis
• Strategies for mass communications

Participatory Systems Change: A Primer (long)

This report introduces the concept of Participa-tory Systems Change, building on ideas devel-oped at the October 2016 Citizen Involvement and Systems Change Retreat, which brought 17 thought leaders from these two fields together in Whistler, Canada.

City of New West Minister - Public Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support high-quality public engagement by the City of New Westminster and the implementation of the City’s Public Engagement Strategy.

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