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Discovering the River of Talent

A few years ago, a new river was discovered:  the Rio Hamza in South America.  It runs the entire length of the Amazon River, 13,000 feet below.  It moves more slowly but is significantly wider.  It has been there all along. This is how we see the untapped talent in our communities.  It’s been there all along, hidden in plain [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Categories: Civic Tech|

Shared Frustration About the “Missing Public”

Are you frustrated about who shows up at public meetings – or, more importantly, who doesn’t? You’re not alone.  A comprehensive and innovative study about the state of public participation in local decision-making in California compared the views of 900 California city and county elected leaders and senior staff with the perspectives of 500 leaders of civic organizations.  Sponsored by The [...]

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: Increasing Participation|

Pioneering Forum on Public Employee Pensions

The Common Knowledge team supported Marin County officials in planning and facilitating a very well attended educational forum on sustainable public pensions on the evening of April 3rd, 2012.  County leaders were pleased with the opportunity to model successful community engagement practices around a difficult financial issue, and felt this event served as a positive pivot point for future Board [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|Categories: Project Spotlight|