Public Involvement

Public Outreach and Consensus Building Training Video

This is a federal Department of Energy training film designed for DOE project managers. Because its purpose is real-world training, it avoids sugarcoating most dimensions of a difficult process. As a result, it’s one of the best introductions to the overall principles of community involvement that I’ve found online.

Its main subject is the citizen planning process for the cleanup of a major nuclear site. From my own experience working with advisory groups of this sort, I’m sure that the process can’t have been quite so smooth as portrayed. For purposes of an introduction, however, it is refreshingly frank in presenting the problem of building trust between DOE and the community.