Carolina Johnson

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Public engagement, not just about the public

October 8, 2014

In this briefing paper for Involve, Carolina Johnson (University of Washington) makes the case that: The engagement of the public is just one aspect of effective public engagement; the commitment and support of government officials and relevant stakeholder groups are also critically important to its long-term success. Opportunities for engagement are ineffective or even harmful where…

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How to keep public engagement open and innovative?

March 10, 2014

I spend a lot of time talking to community members as part of my PhD research on participatory budgeting.  One comment I hear commonly in these conversations, especially in cities taking more risks or being a bit more ambitious in their approach to public engagement, is something along the lines of “I can’t believe the…

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