The Perfect Summer Picnic Table

When I think of summertime, relaxing, leisurely conversations with friends and family, I think of backyard gatherings as well as refreshing summer drinks. My perfect summer picnic table incorporates the drink factor – literally!

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Erin Pote
Facing Fears & Finding Courage

Recently, I had the pleasure of training a group of participants who are preparing to host a series of difficult, messy, all the while quite possibility, transformational conversations. These participants have volunteered to serve as mentors, hosts and guides through what is likely at minimum a dynamic, and more likely, an emotionally charged, change process.  Nearing the end of the session, we had together developed the facilitation skills, knowledge, tools and yet the room was still filled with the distinctive smell and taste of fear...

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Kim Hyshka
Staying the Course When Things Get Loud & Messy

Public engagement is risky business. Any number of challenges can rock the boat off course -- fear, giving up control, and uncertainty to name a few. Successful engagement happens in the space of the complex interaction of 4 key factors: Risk, Change, Trust & Leadership. Allow us to introduce you to the CLaRiTE© diagnostic tool for a more robust approach to planning. 

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Steph Roy McCallum
How the World has Changed and PE impacts

The rise in adversarial and oppositional participation is influencing the public arena and creating a whirlpool of outrage, righteous indignation, and chaos. In today's "post truth era," it becomes even more crucial to engage citizens in a genuine, meaningful way. Understanding the public's ideas and values represents a shift in the way in which decisions are made within government. Learn about what this shift means for you.

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Steph Roy McCallum
Putting the BE in Boston

"I wanted to create a space for high emotion," says Erin as she shares a story about making space for not just being, but doing. This powerful blog post is one of our most popular.

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Erin Pote
What do you do?

How do you explain what you do? Erin discusses the blank stares that follow her description of public engagement -- and what she's learned from them. 

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Erin Pote
The Glue That Holds Things Together

Erin takes a look at the role of community champions or community weavers. These individuals are the "glue" that hold the group together. They make the connections and open their hearts and minds to us so that we may do our job and deliver a successful event.

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Erin Pote
Stories that Matter

The essence of engagement come in the form of storytelling. This age-old lesson connects us to each other and to our own potential and possible future. Stories help us to be more whole individually and collectively. They provide important data for decision-making, but their meaning is in the heart of what they teach.

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Steph Roy McCallum
Uncivil Discourse and Mob Mentality

Uncivil discourse.  Mob Mentality.  Groupthink. Divide and Conquer. Extreme polarization.  You are either with us, or you are against us. You are bad and I am good. Some people just like to say “No”. What you can do as an engagement professional.

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Steph Roy McCallum
Lessons from the Sound

I recently spent a week in Clayoquot Sound enjoying the wind in the trees, the waves on the shore and the passage of whales through the waters.  While there, I attended an evening called "Secrets of Clayoquot."  It turns out I learned a lot, but not that much about wilderness.

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Steph Roy McCallum