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Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future

A timely workshop conference presented by:

The ACCORD3.0 Network
The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center
The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi
Ulupono Initiative
ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
Honolulu Civil Beat

Part 1 – Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm

Imin Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Part 2 – Public Consultation Strategies and Skills

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm

Classroom 2, William S. Richardson School of Law

Too many public meetings have become perfunctory ‘tick-the-box’ compliance exercises, or simply fresh combat zones for old ideological wars. Many have evolved into formulaic productions by project proponents or well-organized opposition campaigns by opponents. Both represent an unfunded bureaucratic burden for agencies to endure. Further, as public discourse has become increasingly polarized and hostile, it gets harder to arrive at decisions that can be supported by a plurality of citizens.

This full-day gathering, followed by a half-day skill and strategy workshop, will take stock of how public participation is faring, gather ideas for changes to the way public consultation takes place, offer techniques and approaches to improve public participation, and spark conversations that have consequences now and for the future.

See the website for more information and registration details