Whose Voice? Reimagining Public Engagement

2020, Democracy, Community Building, Series Distant Not Disengaged

COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we engage with each other. While Zoom fatigue and a lack of physical connection may be straining our personal relationships, could these restrictions teach us how to reimagine the world of public engagement, and to broaden the often-narrow conception of who “the public” is? 

Join us on October 15 for another edition of Distant, Not Disengaged to challenge ideas of what public engagement should look like, and discuss future possibilities for more participatory decision-making in our democracies. We’ll be joined by a moderator and panelists who all bring unique perspectives to the world of engagement.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020

12:00 p.m. (PT)

Online Event

Distant, Not Disengaged

Distant, Not Disengaged was created as an experimental and innovative online event series to illuminate the urgent issues and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was a collaboration between SFU Public Square, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and community partner CityHive.

Watch the Series Recap


Precious Ile is a Student Development Educator at Simon Fraser University and an IAP2 practitioner. (Moderator)

Amanda Gibbs is an Engagement Advisor at the City of Vancouver.

Uytae Lee is a video columnist at CBC and the creator of the About Here video series.

Devi Goberdhan is the Director of Engagement with the First Nations Health Authority.


Watch the Recording

Further Reading

Distant, Not Disengaged Final Report

Learn about the series’ impact on community connection and dialogue in this report featuring testimonials, media highlights, supporting resources and more.


Distant, Not Disengaged Events