Working Through Conflict in Public Engagement

The Local Government Leadership Academy together with the Civic Engage team at Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue is offering a free webinar that will explore how elected officials and senior staff can engage the public in values- and interest-based dialogue to enable collaboration for solutions that are owned and supported by the community. The webinar will be held May 31 at 10:30 am.

Elected officials and senior staff are only too familiar with the fierce controversies that can arise around municipal issues. From re-zoning applications to parking regulations to gender-inclusive washrooms in public buildings—policy questions that residents and stakeholders feel immediately affected by often spark polarized public debate, which makes progress difficult and can lead to lasting divisions in the community. 

This session, From Controversy to Collaboration: Working Through Conflict in Public Engagement, will focus on real-life case studies and discuss tools and methods for convening difficult conversations.

Registration for this webinar is now open. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 31st from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Questions may be directed to LGLA Program Manager Errin Morrison.

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