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Who's the Public? Two Views

Who’s the Public? Two Views

In the last post I outlined a method of public involvement based on a model of interest group competition. The main players in that approach are the sponsoring agencies and the organized advocacy groups. The public at large is consulted but plays a very limited role. I’d like to add a few more thoughts about […]

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Barriers to Communication - 1

Barriers to Communication – 1

The psychologist Carl Rogers observed 60 years ago that a major barrier to effective communication was the natural tendency to evaluate and judge the words and actions of others. He saw this happening not just on an individual level but also in public policy collaboration where those at the table usually represent institutions and communities […]

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Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Public involvement sometimes presents a stark contrast between community and technical knowledge. Often public agency representatives, with the best intentions of gathering information about local concerns, may arrive at a community meeting, make a presentation, but find itself facing a lot of frustrated and angry people. The meeting might end with members of the community […]

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