Art of Public Engagement: Public engagement gone wrong

To have genuine public engagement in planning or any community process, we must honor a commitment to at least report if not actually incorporate what people have to say.

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Art of Public Engagement: Elephants and riders

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, explores using moral foundations when dealing with controversial issues.

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Art of public engagement: Rational thinking

That a rational person will not spend his or her limited time and energy seeking out contrary opinions. From a personal perspective, it is (or at least seems) best to stay within the comfort zone of one’s family, friends, and favorite political pundits.

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Art of Public Engagement: The Persistence of Polarization

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, reviews the work of Professor Dan Kahan on the role of individual identity in polarization and how it relates to planning.

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Art of Public Engagement: The KISS Principle

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, discusses the importance of explaining complex topics in straightforward terms.

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Art of Public Engagement: The power of story

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, discusses the impact of people’s stories on the planning process.

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Art of Public Engagement: Making Engagement Fun

Art of Public Engagement: Making Engagement Fun

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, reviews ways to add a little fun into planning.

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Art of Engagement: What is the impact of hearing procedures where proponents speak first followed by opponents?

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, discusses how some techniques may impact the public process.

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Art of Engagement: Planning INSIDE the Box?

Columnist Lee Nellis, FAICP, challenges planners to change the shape of the box in community conversations.

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Art of Engagement: Who’s For? Who’s Against?

Columnist discusses the importance of planners acknowledging peoples’ participation. by Lee Nellis, FAICP

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Art of Engagement: Building transparency and trust

Lee Nellis, FAICP, focuses on the next principle for public engagement set forth by the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

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Art of Engagement: Being open to learning while under fire

Lee Nellis, FAICP, focuses on the openness and learning principle for public engagement set forth by the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

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Art of Engagement: Nurturing a shared purpose

The columnist returns to working through the Core Principles for Public Engagement. by Lee Nellis, FAICP

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Art of Engagement: Four steps to help make your community conversation productive

The columnist points out how to make your next public engagement experience one that produces results. by Lee Nellis, FAICP

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Art of Engagement: Preserve the wholeness in landscapes and cultivate a community life that is both functional and aesthetic

The columnist offers suggestions to planners about finding the beauty in what they do. by Lee Nellis, FAICP

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Art of Engagement: How to get a more representative audience in the room

Columnist Lee Nellis shares strategies from a South Dakota planner.

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Art of Engagement: Planning will not work unless we listen with respect

Columnist Lee Nellis discusses that the fundamental message of planning and good citizenship is simply that “we are all in this together.”

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Art of Engagement: Don’t let stress impact planning

A pioneer of planning in the West Lee Nellis offers insights.

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