June 2013 – Present.
The city of Milpitas has contracted PDC to assist with public outreach and community engagement as they formulate a strategic plan to better deliver future city services. PDC is working with Milpitas in a four phase, year long process where city workers, city commission members, the chamber of commerce, the school district, faith-based organizations, community organizations, and residents will be asked to contribute input.
September 2013 – present.
PDC is working with Dyett & Bhatia, a well known urban and regional planning firm, to assist the City of Half Moon Bay in gathering community input to help inform updates to the General Plan. This five phase, two-year project includes working with a community advisory committee, interviewing community members and groups, designing and facilitating community workshops and deliberative meetings, and coordinating an online engagement platform.
1/13 – 1/14 The Transfomative Power of Dialogue: Festschift for Barnett Pearce in Santa Barbara, CA, during Fielding Graduate University’s doctoral session. Join colleagues and friends as the life work of Barnett Pearce is honored for its impact on our understanding of how we make social worlds.
For information and registration details visit http://transformativedialogue.eventbrite.com
11/3/10 Annual conference of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, in Carlsbad, CA. Shawn Spano and Sandra Holder of PDC conduct a workshop session titled “Citizen Engagement Toolbox”, provided participants with an overview of citizen engagement and in-depth analysis of the communication perspective. Participants learned how to use the communication perspective to design and facilitate engagement events in response to planning and land use issues and projects. Over 30 government and private planners attended the session. Several participants told Sandy and Shawn that it was the most useful and stimulating session of the conference!
For information and details about the conference visit http://www.calapa.org/2010-conference
10/29/10 The 1st NorCal regional conference for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD). PDC directors Jennifer Mair and Janice Son join the NCDD planning team to co-create a collaborative event aimed at building working relationships between local government leaders and dialogue practitioners. PDC President Shawn Spano moderates and co-facilitates afternoon workshop sessions.
For information and details about the event visit http://ncdd.org/events/sanfrancisco.php
10/16/10 Public Engagement and Civic Maturity: A Public Dialogue Consortium Perspective is published by Kim Pearce of Pearce Associates, Founder and Board Member of PDC.
For information or to order a copy, go to: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/public-engagement-and-civic-maturity-a-public-dialogue-consortium-perspective/14305051
10/15/10 The annual Municipal Managers Association of Northern California (MMANC) conference in Cupertino, CA. Shawn Spano, Linda Blong and Sandra Holder of PDC lead a workshop titled “Civic Engagement: The Public as Partners.”
For a session description, click here: http://www.mmanc.org/2010AnnualConference/SessionDescriptions/tabid/154/Default.aspx
Working with the New Mexico Consensus Council, the Interstate Stream Commission, and the State Department of Environment, the PDC helped to design and facilitate a three-day summit of leaders on water-resource management in New Mexico. Over 250 people attended. During the summit meeting, participants received training in collaborative problem solving principles and then developed approaches to better manage this vital and diminishing natural resource.
PDC was invited to design and facilitate two half-day sessions at a retreat for Senior Staff. One session was on the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, the other on expansion of San Jose International Airport. The overarching issue in both sessions was to help members of the various departments work together as a staff for the City rather than work in vertical “silos” in their own departments.