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Davenport Institute to Host Discussion on the Future of Public Engagement in a Hybrid World

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 5 PM PDT, the School of Public Policy’s Davenport Institute will host “The Future of Public Engagement in a Hybrid World,” an open dialogue to support anyone impacting public participation, especially in the hybrid climate following the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will feature a panel discussion and break-out sessions to dive deep into the tools and resources for encouraging public participation.

“I am delighted that the Davenport Institute is able to host this important discussion,” shares Maureen Tobin, executive director of the Davenport Institute. “For the first time ever, we are welcoming several organizations to partner and provide a forum for important dialogue around the future of public engagement as we emerge from the pandemic. By coming together to learn from each other and share best practices, ultimately, the communities we serve benefit.” 

Alongside the International Association of Public Participation’s California Chapters, the Institute for Local Government, Engaging Local Government Leaders, and Cal-ICMA, the Davenport Institute will host this special conversation about the emerging hybrid of online and in-person public participation using new digital tools. Before COVID-19, the idea of online participation was not entirely impossible. After a year and a half of predominantly online engagement, the institute hopes to engage stakeholders in leveraging both online and in-person tools to unlock increased participation. 

Featured speakers include principal consultant and founder of New Reach Community Consulting Coby C. Williams, community organizer and policy advocate at Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice Miguel Alatorre, and CEO of Right + Good Consulting Rebekah Grmela. 

To learn more and to register to attend, visit the Future of Public Engagement in a Hybrid World event website.