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Critical Elements for Meaningful Engagement

Indigenous people and civil society all play critical roles in developing policy and processes to facilitate responsible land, water, minerals and energy resource development and use. Yet often people are consulted after decisions are made, or it is not clear what influence, if any, they have over decisions, which can contribute to frustration, apathy, and anger. 

 

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Catherine Rockandel and Richmond School District win IAP2 2017 Core Values Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture

Catherine Rockandel and School District 38 (Richmond) accepted the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) 2017 Core Values Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture at the National Conference in Denver Colorado. The public engagement process "Our Schools, Our Students, Our Future - Lets Talk SD 38" included in person and online engagement.

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Catherine Rockandel presents at BC Non-Profit Housing Conference November 22, 2016

Catherine shared creative tips and techniques for inspiring tenant engagement with over 35 non-profit housing providers.

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The Busyness of Work

Recently I have been reflecting on the words of David Whyte and his musings about work. "Our relationship to time has become corrupted exactly because we allow ourselves very little experience of the timeless. We speak continually about saving time, but time in its richness is most often lost when we are busy without relief."

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Catherine Rockandel co-presenting at the IAP2 Conference, September 29 & 30, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec

Catherine Rockandel, BC Chapter President, International Association for Public Public Participation is co-presenting a workshop "Shake Up Your Thinking" with Anthea Brown, an IAP2 Director and Engagement Manager at Bang the Table.

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Look Where You Want to Go

In my work I have been reflecting on the stubbornness or uncontrollable aspects of systems and how shifts or changes occur over time whether within organizations or individuals.

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Engaging Students Beyond Social Media

The world is full of diversity and thus the implication is that there are different ways to approach problems.  To build understanding about different ways of seeing we need to create more positive, respectful social connections.  This fall I have been working with student leaders in school districts to develop their skills and experience to become facilitative leaders. To be comfortable and have confidence in face-to-face situations engaging members of their community in dialogue about the issues that matter. 

 

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Adventures of a Facilitator

Getting pigs to fly, while herding camels and cats is all in a days work for a facilitator. 

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Meaningful engagement is more than a box to check, but a culture to build in our organizations and communities

A key component of any engagement effort is the sharing of information. Yet, balanced, objective information is no replacement for relationships. When we have a shared connection, shared meaning and respect for our differences, information is heard through the filter of trust. When trust is eroded, information is filtered by emotion.  

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Moving Towards Deeper, More Meaningful, Creative, Sustainable Processes

By themselves polarities can have immense creative potential. Yet, it is easy to consistently polarize a community or organization into a state of chronic ineffectiveness, oscillation, or submission, making it difficult to follow a deeper meaningful, creative, sustainable process. 

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Engaging People in Complex Issues

Martin Luther King did not say I have a problem. He engaged people in the dream of a different future. Yet, with so many different perspectives processes often focus on the problem. It is increasingly difficult to find common ground on complex issues. How do we find a way forward together?

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Engaging the Unusual Suspects

On Wednesday March 12th IAP2 BC hosted a community of practice discussion on “getting past the usual suspects” or conversly “engaging the unusual suspects”. I have continued to reflect on what I heard in terms of a national dialogue on a path forward.

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Getting Past the Usual Suspects

Do the same people show up to your public meetings no matter what the issue? Have you ever wondered what new techniques you could use to get past the usual suspects?
 

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Catherine Rockandel presents at the BC School Trustees Association Conference, April 2013 in Kelowna, BC

Catherine Rockandel presents the workshop "What does it take to organize and facilitate effective community engagement" at the BC School Trustees Association Conference in Kelowna. The session focuses on what works and why, highlighting key learning from a recent BC School District case study. 

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Catherine Rockandel presents at the FCM 2012 Sustainable Communities Conference, February 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario

Catherine Rockandel is presenting a workshop on Sustainable Community Planning Partnership Basics Thursday, February 9th, 2012 from 2:15pm to 3:45pm at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2012 Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

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IAP2 recently announced Catherine Rockandel is the new President, BC Chapter

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), BC Chapter announced that Catherine Rockandel, was re-elected as the President for 2014-2015. She previously served as President from 2011-2013.

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Catherine Rockandel co-presents at 2011 CMA Conference, April 12-17 in London, Ontario

Building Constituency: The Museum as an Essential Service. This interactive workshop shares case studies, tools and techniques for museums to enhance their public value.

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Catherine Rockandel co-presents at 2010 CMA Conference, May 10-15 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Catherine Rockandel co-presents with Phil Aldrich and Ian McLennan at the Canadian Museums Association National Conference, May 12th at 2:30pm on collaborative methods for engaging community stakeholders.

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Hot off the Press - Article in Canadian Museums Association: Muse Magazine, July/August 2009

In the July/August Edition of the Canadian Museums Association Magazine "Muse" article on "Building Meaningful Long-Term Partnerships" outlines why a cooperative versus competitive mindset and approach to relationships contributes to successful partnerships. See copy in Resource Library.

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Catherine Rockandel co-presents at the 2009 Canadian Museums Association Conference

Catherine Rockandel, Phil Aldrich, Ian McLennan and Alan Nursall, Science North will be presenting a session at the 2009 Canadian Museums Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, March 25-28, 2009

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Catherine Rockandel co-presents at the 2009 American Association of Museums Annual Conference

Catherine Rockandel and John Falk, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning, Department of Science & Mathematics Education, Oregon State University and Judy Koke, Deputy Director of Education, Art Gallery of Ontario and Jim Covel, Director Interpretative Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium will be a presenting a session at the 2009 American Association of Museums Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 30-May 1, 2009.

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