2005 Conference - Tuesday Concurrent Sessions 4
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005  

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM     Concurrent Sessions (4) 

  • Emotional Stakeholders
    Eileen Barron, Public Involvement Manager, Parsons Brinckeroff, Lori Isenberg, President, Northwest Dynamics, LLC
  • Community Based Environmental Management
    Susan Barthel, Columbia Slough Program Coordinator, City of Portland; Dr. Marcus Ingle, Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government, and Dr. Phuong Thuy Phung, University of Natural Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City (Fulbright Scholar at PSU)


Emotional Stakeholders, Eileen Barron, Public Involvement Manager, Parsons Brinckeroff, Lori Isenberg, President, Northwest Dynamics, LLC
The “ideal” stakeholder is logical, thoughtful and willing to listen, share, and learn. However, many times it is the more emotional stakeholders who attend public meetings and other activities. This interactive session will help refresh your basic listening and speaking skills for communicating with emotional stakeholders. This will be accomplished through sharing our own experiences as well as hearing about the presenters’ preparation for a series of public meetings where stakeholders would learn if their property might be impacted by a potential new freeway.  

Taking the Labor Out of Collaboration, Tony Faast, Grants Manager, US Fish and Wildlife Service
“Collaboration is the losers bracket of public decision-making. If the parties could get what they want any other way ... they’d do it!” Collaborations, partnerships, teams, task forces, advisory committees are all attempts to initiate a “collaborative conversation” with all parties who need to be involved in managing complex public issues. The authors offer their many years of experience in both the government and private sector to present a sound, logical, framework for collaborative interactions. The fundamental concepts of, “Trust, Momentum and Closure,” are applied to a collaboration process that produces results! By sharing their successful approach to collaboration, the authors hope to provide a pathway to multi-party issue resolution that can be applied to any group interaction.    

Integrated Public Outreach for Sioux Falls Storm Drainage Improvements, Mark Cotter, Howard R. Green Company 
This presentation highlights the use of a Project Website as the foundation of an extensive public outreach program to more than 7,000 potentially affected residents of the City of Sioux Falls, SD as the City began the design and construction of a $30 million+ storm drainage improvement project.  The project resulted from extensive flooding in the City during the summer of 2004 which caused significant residential damage.  The presentation explains how the Web site is used in conjunction with more traditional methods of public outreach to provide updated information for homeowners.

Community Based Environmental Management, Susan Barthel, Columbia Slough Program Coordinator, City of Portland; Dr. Marcus Ingle, Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government, and Dr. Phuong Thuy Phung, University of Natural Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City (Fulbright Scholar at PSU)
This presentation focuses on an evolving project that is introducing community based environmental management systems to local government, community members, academics and scientists in Ho Chi Minh City.  Attendees will help present material and situations that illustrate effective techniques and insights.  Join us as we share cultural, political, institutional and economic barriers and successes related to this project.    

Trust in the Community, Roger Sidaway, Independent Practitioner, Lecturer and Author  
This workshop aims to examine the underlying incentives to community participation and suggest that a large part of ‘the problem’ is not apathy but lack of trust between agencies and communities. Having invited participants to suggest incentives to continuing community participation, a short presentation will be used to stimulate discussion on how to counteract apathy and how to build trust. Three case studies of environmental planning partnerships will be outlined from Scotland and the Netherlands with the purpose of initiating a debate about the role of practitioners in building trust between agencies and communities. The case studies are unusual in that they each span many years and are particularly telling about relationships between agencies and communities. The aim is to draw conclusions on why trust is hard to gain and so easy to lose.

Aboriginal Participation in Health Planning: Beyond the borders of mainstream public participation, Geeta Cheema, MPA graduate, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
This presentation will draw on an in-depth case study of an Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee within Interior Health, one of five health regions in British Columbia. The presentation supports the notion that Aboriginal participation in health planning cannot be fully understood with sole reference to mainstream citizen participation studies and approaches. The information provided will assist registrants in more fully understanding Aboriginal participation by: (1) Describing how the enduring legacy of colonialism impacts Aboriginal participation; (2) Discussing the implications that an Aboriginal advisory committee has for an organization and for public participants; and, (3) Suggesting some approaches by which meaningful participation in Aboriginal health planning may be actualized.

From Controversy to Consensus:  The Community Needs Based Implementation Plan for Arizona’s State Route 179, Carl Burkhalter, PE, Senior Resident Engineer, Arizona Department of Transportation, Mary Schnack, and Peggy Fiandaca
State Route 179 is an Arizona state-designated scenic road in northern Arizona’s world-renowned Red Rock country. Not only did USA Weekend in the Spring of 2003 identify Sedona and the surrounding Red Rock country as the #1 “Most Beautiful Place in America,” but SR 179 is also a vital corridor that connects communities to each other and to the Interstate.  Hear how the Arizona Department of Transportation worked for 18-months with the adjacent communities to achieve a decision on a final design after local controversy that had lasted more than a decade.


Asylum Seekers and Refugees Health Needs Assessment, Vicki Hilton, Consultant and Trainer
This session will be a brief description of why this project came about and the process of integrating training in participatory appraisal into the process to enable peer researches to carry out the health needs assessment.  The project sought to reach out and engage with people in the community who would not normally have a voice.  It also built capacity and understanding within a marginalized group and is linking into the wider context of policy and strategy both within the Glasgow City area and wider Scottish Executive picture.

Each One Teach Many:  Generating and Assessing Community Participation in US Minority Land Retention, Calvin Brutus and Brenda Haskins, University of Wisconsin
Failing Revolution...! – Good, now that we have your attention – the work of empowerment, enhancing presence of the relatively powerless in public policy-setting, and establishing greater social equity must be visionary and pragmatic, bold and incremental. It must be communal in its guiding ethos even when intended to satisfy individual or particular interests. We want to share with you descriptions and assessments of community-engagement work done by 36 land specialists after they returned to their mostly, but not exclusively, African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Latino communities. After batches of these specialists enhanced their skills with folks from other locations around the United States, they contributed this knowledge to their respective communities. Our presentation/interaction will show the philosophy, impacts and value of this joint-work.

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