Whose Voice? Reimagining Public Engagement

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.


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


  • 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.
Note: We will be giving away three International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) student memberships to undergraduate and/or graduate students who register for this event via a random draw at the end of the session! Complete the question on the registration form to enter the draw.


October 15, 2020

12:00 PM


Online event
A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.

Accessibility, Technology and Privacy

Registration and password

A password to access this webinar will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking
  • We will lock the meeting at 12:10pm
  • We will ask that participants use their first and last name as their display name on the webinar, so we can check incoming participants against the event registration list

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.

Commitment to Community Guidelines and Social Accountability

All participants are asked to participate as socially accountable community members. We ask that you provide your full name as your display name during the online meeting and that you review our community guidelines ahead of your participation in the event. This is to ensure the safety of our guests and speakers as well as foster honest and accountable dialogue between people in this space. Thank you for respecting our community guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or different ability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (be it through the chat, video or audio functions) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Be as present as possible (turn video on, put away phone, close/mute tabs).
  • Thoughtful questions are welcome in the chat throughout the session. If your question is for a particular speaker, type “@name” at the beginning.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or video image. We can refer to people using the usernames they provide!
  • Step up, step back: if you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again.
  • Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility or privacy, feel free to connect with us at