Code for America workshop 2016

Common Knowledge facilitated a December 2016 offsite day for Code for America.

The end of 2016 was full of workshops for the next generation of civic leaders.

On November 3rd we presented a pre-summit workshop at the Code for America Summit in Oakland: The Next Generation of Community Engagement. There are an increasing number of new tools for public participation. How you use these tools and techniques is what determines the success of your efforts. We featured case studies from Common Knowledge plus Code for America projects around the country. Thanks to Jack Madans of Open Cities and Rebecca Woodbury of the City of San Rafael for their expertise and generous partnership.

Other recent sessions:

Oct. 26, 2016 – Community Conversation about Adult Literacy, Fairfield CA. About 20% of the adults in Solano County have limited literacy skills. What resources are available and what is the community’s role? This session, convened by Solano County’s Adult Literacy Program, is part of the Libraries Lead the Way training program being coordinated by Common Knowledge.

Oct. 21, 2016Engaging Local Government Leaders, SF Annual Conference, Menlo Park, CA. This is one of five regional ELGL conferences, supporting the next generation of local government leaders. Common Knowledge co-facilitated the panel on Community Engagement.

Oct. 14-16, 2016 – National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Framingham, MA. There are over 30,000 people in this network, an invisible movement of positive energy and constructive skills that are nurturing the next wave of democracy. Common Knowledge partnered on three workshops:

Oct 14: The Physiology of Dialogue: Learning from Brain Science and Social Psychology — Brain science now confirms “neuroplasticity” and our ability to develop new cognitive capacities. We use this science to demonstrate what conditions help promote more constructive dialogue.

Oct 15: Getting Engaged: Partnering with Libraries in Your Community — As trusted and neutral community institutions, libraries nationwide are engaging as well as informing citizens about issues of common concern and helping them take collective action.

Oct 16: Building the Movement from the Community Up: The Power of Local Efforts — We believe the best long-term solution to addressing democracy’s broader challenges is to transform our neighborhoods, cities & counties into more deliberative and collaborative communities.

Let us know if you’d like more information about any of these presentations.