What is the Council Initiative on Public Engagement?
Public Engagement, Civil Society, Direct Democracy, Collaborative Governance. When we talk about public engagement what do we mean? If we agree that public engagement is important, what does good public engagement look like? To help answer these questions and to create a process that would improve public engagement in Edmonton, City Council created the Council Initiative on Public Engagement.
Launched in 2014, this initiative is led by Councillors Ben Henderson, Michael Walters and Andrew Knack. More than 1000 people from diverse Edmonton communities have participated in more than 40 workshops drilling into critical discussions about how public engagement with the City of Edmonton can be done better.
Phase 1 Report
Honoring the input from Phase 1, we used it to map the way forward in Phase 2 and created an Advisory Committee and five Working Groups. These entities are comprised of both City Staff and Community Members and are tasked to move ahead the five strategic areas of focus identified in Phase 1.
- Community Leadership
- Evaluation, Reporting & Recognition
- Vision, Policy & Framework
- Learning & Training
- Tools, Techniques & Practices