Author: Engaged Public | Category: Facilitation, Policy Analysis, Policy Development, Public Engagement, Public Policy | Tags: Biennial of the Americas, Facilitation, International, Policy, Public Engagement
Cool fall weather may be closing in, but this week at Engaged Public we are looking back at several inspiring days in July when we facilitated the special workshops, or “clinicas,” for the 2013 Biennial of the Americas international event in Denver.
In case you missed the hullabaloo, the Biennial of the Americas brought together national and international leaders, thinkers and planners from across the Americas for a month-long festival. At least one dignitary described the clinicas we facilitated as “hives of serious activity,” and we are reminded of all the good that occurred in those sessions once again by this week’s special recap of the Biennial of the Americas event published in ICOSA. You can view the full issue here and the clinica coverage here.
Set in motion three years ago by Gov. John Hickenlooper when he was Denver’s mayor, the Biennial of the Americas attracted international dignitaries and some big names including Arianna Huffington and leaders from large corporations Google and Netflix.
“Though they were invisible to the public, the chats were hives of serious activity and the level of discussion was high,” wrote Ray Mark Rinaldi in a Denver Post event review.
But it was inside the smaller clinicas where tires really hit the tracks on pressing international topics, including nine sessions on policy issues including public health, the environment, education and energy, to name a few.
There’s even more involved in such an event, including framing ideas, spurring conversation and generating actionable solutions.You can get an idea of how we facilitate these large conversations in Rinaldi’s description of the clinica on cross-border strategies in education attended by about 75 people who work at schools, government agencies and non-profits, from places like Chile, Argentina, Mexico and the U.S.: “Interpreters, talking through headsets, translated proceedings into Spanish, while ‘graphic recorders’ drew diagrams capturing people’s thoughts.”We’re really proud of that comment because the clinicas were our public engagement work in action. Engaged Public served as the thought architects for the clinicas, including doing the critical thinking, planning and execution for each session. We wrote briefing policy papers on each session that are now posted on our site and featured in the ICOSA issue. You can read those by clicking here.
After all, change starts with conversation, and Denver saw some great ones this past July.
04 Oct 2013