Davenport Institute Explores Collaborative Governance at Annual Meeting
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Each year university faculty and staff affiliated with the 2013 University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) come together to examine the work being done to assist citizens and leaders to engage in dialogue, problem solving, and conflict resolution around public issues.
This year’s meeting, hosted in June by the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy, focused on the central question: “What new approaches or ways of thinking can university centers bring to collaborative decision-making with both stakeholders and the public?”
“The meeting was a tremendous opportunity for the Davenport Institute and the School of Public Policy to deepen relationships with some of the top universities in the country,” says Pete Peterson (MPP ’07), executive director of the Davenport Institute. “Attendees particularly enjoyed the opportunity to explore topics as wide-ranging as ‘Civility and Collaborative Governance’ and ‘Benefits and Limitations to Public Officials Partnering with Universities in Municipal Public Budgeting Efforts’ in the beautiful surroundings of the Malibu campus.”
The conference featured a plenary panel examining the City of Bell’s dramatic shift toward public engagement and transparency. Peterson moderated the panel with Ken Hampian, former City of Bell interim city manager, and Ana Maria Quintana, City of Bell councilmember and recently elected mayor pro tem.
UNCG is a national network of over two-dozen university-based centers spanning from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School to the University of Hawaii, and from the University of Washington to Florida State University. The mission of the network is to promote public engagement through research, training, and consulting. The meetings focus on decision-making that genuinely incorporates the public in policy definition, creation, and implementation.