Six considerations for sponsoring your next public engagement initiative.
Creating space for transformative conversations
Tools & Resources
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.
This approach redefines key aspects of engagement, including:
• Issue framing
• The nature of democratic exchange
• The method of analysis
• Strategies for mass communications
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.
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.