Power of Participation Webinar Series

The Power of Participation Webinar Series was a series of four highly interactive Zoom webinars that will help local leaders learn the purpose for public engagement, select tools to reach diverse stakeholders, and practice ways to interact effectively with residents within the framework of the Open Meetings Act. 

The series, co-hosted by MSU Extension and the National Charrette Institute, provided local units of government (including local elected officials, administrators/managers, department heads, and staff) with creative methods for engaging residents in public meetings and help them think through the selection of the best process and level of engagement.

Webinar topics included:

  • July 14, 2020: Why do Public Participation? The Importance of Actively Engaging the Public. 
  • July 16: Who is "The Public"? Identifying Stakeholders and Understanding Bias.
  • July 21: How to Select the Right Strategy Part 1: Following the Open Meetings Act.
  • July 23: How to Select the Right Strategy Part 2: Being Strategic and Creative.