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2011 Speaker Series - 1/26/11

January 26th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Work: Engaging the Public on Issues that Matter  CM|1.5

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Presentation Description:

The purpose of this session is to provide planners, elected officials, government agency staff, and others an opportunity to learn about effective ways to engage the public beyond what is traditionally attempted.

Drawing heavily from the field of deliberative democracy, this interactive session will focus on key public engagement principles and practices that have been used successfully in a wide variety of planning and policy environments.

Several case examples will be shared, including a review of the approaches and tools that were used for the recent Envision Prince George's initiative.

Time will also be spent in small group discussions to elicit the successes and challenges that planners and other officials encounter when carrying out public engagement.

Presenter's Biography:

Steve Brigham

Steve has been chief operating officer at AmericaSpeaks for ten years and has a hand in everything from internal operations to organizational strategy and project delivery. When serving on projects, his roles are typically project leader, town meeting program designer, and advisor on content/discussion guides.

In his ten years, Steve has been involved in more than 30 projects. Some highlights include a Global Town Hall for 600 world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2005); four meetings in New York City for the Clinton Global Initiative and their annual meeting of 1,200 world leaders on issues of poverty, health, climate, and education (2005-2007); Tough Choices in Health Care, a two-site, statewide town meeting on health care reform in Maine (2005); a set of five meetings for Shaping America’s Youth on youth obesity (2006-2007); and a year-long, countywide visioning and action planning process called Envision Prince George’s (2009-2010).

Prior to joining AmericaSpeaks, Steve served as a senior associate for the Kaludis Consulting Group in the Strategy Group, working primarily on strategic planning and organizational assessment projects for higher education clients and as a principal at Group Decision Support Systems. From 1993-1997, he served as director of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project at the American Association for Higher Education. In that role, he developed and managed a national network of more than 100 campus directors of quality improvement and advised dozens of campuses on CQI strategy and resources.

Steve has a master’s degree in organization development from Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed a fellowship program in change management. He received his bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Steve spends most of his free time with his family and continues to be fascinated every day with how his daughter and son grow, develop, and evolve.