April 2015 – June 2015
PDC was hired by the San Bruno Community Foundation to conduct a Community Engagement and Listening Campaign as a first step in the Foundation’s strategic planning process to determine how to effectively use the PG&E restitution funds to benefit the entire San Bruno community over the long term. This fast paced, five phase project engaged broad and diverse citizen participation to identify community needs, challenges, and visions for an enhanced quality of life for all San Bruno residents. The goals of the project were to engage the community in the planning process, educate the community about the Foundation and its activities, and gather input on community priorities and resources.
PDC worked with the Foundation Board of Directors, conducted community interviews, held focus groups and community meetings, and utilized online engagement to collect community input, and help identify community assets, needs, and priorities.
For additional project information: https://www.sbcf.org/community-listening-campaign

“PDC’S skillful listening and clarifying helped define the process into something custom made for the Center… people learn to listen to others when they know that they are really respected and heard… This experience stays with people and the effect has rippled through our community.”
–Diane Snow
Senior Center Director, Cupertino, California
Cupertino Community Project

“The Town of Los Gatos has retained PDC to design and implement communication plans for a variety of issues and projects. Community members, elected and appointed officials, staff, and other stakeholders have all been constructively and positively engaged in processes developed and implemented under PDC’s guidance. PDC fosters frank and honest dialogue which results in tangible products achieved through true consensus– goals, plans, strategies. Participation in PDC’s processes also has long lasting effects: consequent conversations among participants continue to be approached openly, with candor and good humor. They are truly communication experts!”
–Regina Faulkner
Community Service Director, Los Gatos, California
Los Gatos Town Council, Planning Commission, and Staff Retreats

August 2012 – Present.

MROSD contracted with PDC to advise and assist in public engagement to help inform a vision plan that will guide the agency’s goals and priority actions for next 20 years and beyond.  PDC is working with MROSD in a five phase, two year process, engaging citizens across two counties to identify public priorities related to open space lands. PDC is assisting the District in the overall vision planning process, designing and facilitating meetings of a Community Advisory Committee of key stakeholders, engaging staff, and engaging a broader public through interviews, deliberative public meetings, and an online engagement platform where citizens weigh in on visions, goals and priorities.

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.

The PDC worked with the New Mexico Conference of Churches to design dialogue processes for churches in the state to explore issues of land as a matter of faith. The collaboration involved statewide focus groups that were used develop a curriculum of study materials and dialogue guidelines for church coordinators, who implemented the programs in their respective churches.