“Community” Engagement: Know Your Audience For Collaborative Decision-Making
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Snohomish County PUD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kearns & West
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Decision-making can be a long and winding path when you involve different groups; however, doing so can lead to more creative and inclusive ideas and solutions. Whether your “community” is your peers, agencies, tribes, management, or the public, knowing your audience and what motivates them can help tailor your approach, leading to more robust and fulfilling engagement. The panelists will talk about how the growing field of social science is poised to improve engagement over traditional methods in hydropower and energy development, over a wide range of areas such as outreach, media exposure, negotiations, and process.
Who should attend:
Scientists, regulators, communication specialists, engineers, project managers, and management teams.
Why you should attend:
Stakeholder (“community”) engagement is one aspect that can make or break projects; social science can help identify approaches to bring about better results. Come learn from regional experts some concepts and tips to focus your processes and communications on ones that will meet your community’s values, interests, and attention.
Dawn Presler, Lead-Licensing and Compliance, Snohomish County PUD
Liz Mack is a Senior Director for Kearns & West with over 15 years of experience in facilitation and public engagement. She specializes in designing collaborative processes to bring together stakeholders to make decisions about natural resource management, conservation, and environmental issues. Liz has provided strategic advice and neutral facilitation to numerous clients across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West that helped move complex issues forward. Her experience includes convening and facilitating multiparty processes, developing evaluation processes and stakeholder assessments, and achieving durable and measurable outcomes. She’s also skilled in developing community outreach and strategic communication programs across a wide range of sectors.