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
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.