SFU Centre for Dialogue

Engaging Across Differences - SFU Workshop
April 21, 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings

SFU Centre for Dialogue, in partnership with SFU Lifelong Learning and SFU Public Square, will be hosting a workshop 'Engaging Across Differences' for engagement practitioners on April 21st, 2016, 2-5pm at the World Art Centre in SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) in Vancouver. Suzanne Hawkes and Natasha Aruliah are our facilitators, and Suzanne mentioned you might be interested in passing this on to your networks - we'd love to have some planners in the room! See below for more information and registration links.

Getting the right people ‘to the table’ through effective, truly inclusive stakeholder engagement is one of the biggest challenges facing planners, policy-makers and organizational change-makers today. Without a diversity of perspectives, shaped by people with different experiences and backgrounds, engagement efforts are far less likely to lead to innovative, durable or even relevant solutions.

But the most important stakeholders in a democratic engagement effort are often the most difficult to reach. How can we reduce or eliminate barriers to participation, particularly when those barriers connect to differences such as language, race, immigration status, ability, age, class, sexual orientation or gender identity?

In this 3-hour workshop, part of the Skillful Engagement series, you'll learn about the key, practical questions to ask at the outset of any skillful engagement initiative to ensure a more inclusive process and outcomes. Facilitators Natasha Aruliah and Suzanne Hawkes will share several brief case studies and best practices and draw on the wisdom and specific challenges of participants in a rich, highly interactive dialogue. 

Tickets are $50 for government/private professionals, $25 for non-profits/student practitioners.

Click here to register.

Can't afford a ticket? Please contact: civic_engage@sfu.ca