Workshop: Public Engagement Strategy in New York City

Who: Leaders looking to revamp or strengthen their engagement strategy
Date: Monday, July 31st and Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Federation Of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
40 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
July 31, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. --Public Agenda workshop
- A Happy Hour reception will follow Day 1 workshop at a local bar starting at 5:30pm.
August 1, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. -- Public Agenda’s continuation of Day 1
August 1, 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. -- Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) workshop

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Looking for assistance with organizing and sustaining productive public engagement? Struggling to decide how to use online engagement tools? Frustrated with the standard “2 minutes at the microphone” public meeting? Need expert advice on bringing together a diverse critical mass of people?

Our Public Engagement team is leading a 1.5 day workshop on how you can hone an effective engagement strategy along with a special session led by our friends at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP).


On July 31, Public Agenda’s Matt Leighninger and Nicole Cabral will:

  • Provide an overview of the strengths and limitations of public engagement today;
  • Help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of public engagement in your community;
  • Explore potential benefits of more sustained forms of participation;
  • Demonstrate a mix of small group and large group discussions, interactive exercises, case studies and practical application exercises

On Aug 1, during Session 1, we’ll focus more squarely on options and next steps that participants can take in their communities. These sessions will help participants to:

  • Develop skills for planning stronger engagement systems;
  • List existing community assets that can be instrumental for sustained engagement;
  • Anticipate common challenges to planning for stronger systems;
  • Develop an initial set of next steps to pursue.

During the afternoon session of August 1, PBP will present “Steering Committees 101: Centering community experience & expertise.”

This PBP session is part of PBP’s first-ever Summer Implementation Institute hosted by the North American Participatory Budgeting Network, consisting of 4 modules. The in-person session in New York City is preceded by three online webinars. Each module focuses on a particular phase of participatory budgeting (PB) starting with the PB vote and working backwards through proposal development, idea collection, and building a PB process with community leaders. Along with registering for this in-person session, you can RSVP for the three webinars from PBP here.

The in-person session in New York City is focused on building and sustaining effective community leadership in democratic processes. Here, leaders in community engagement will come together to share experiences, discuss pain points, and solve challenges. This session stems from an asset-based approach to community leadership within PB and beyond. Although focused on PB, this session is applicable to all public engagement practices centered in community experience and expertise.

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  • Full 2-day Workshop (lunch included)
    Regular: $475 Student: $200
  • Day 1 + Session 1 of Day 2- July 31 All Day & August 1 Public Agenda Session
    Regular: $400 Student: $150
  • Day 1- July 31 All-Day ONLY (lunch included)
    Regular: $350 Student: $100
  • Day 2, Session 2 ONLY- Aug 1 PBP Session
    Regular: $200 Student: $75

Questions about this workshop? Contact the Public Engagement team at

About PBP
The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Since 2009, PBP has supported dozens of governments, public institutions, and organizations in launching and improving participatory budgeting processes.

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