If you are planning a meeting to gain community input, the last thing you want is for the event to degenerate into a "gripe" session dominated by a few grand-standers who completely derail the meeting. Organizations ranging from state departments of transportation to community service agencies have called on us to assist them in designing and executing community engagement meetings. Our facilitators are experts in structuring large group processes and managing difficult interactions. From our experience with community meetings, we have identified seven strategies for successful citizen engagement.
If your organization needs to gain community input, we have specific techniques for making the session dynamic and interactive, while maintaining control and yielding positive results. Let us show you how.