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Workshop Opportunity: Deliberative Engagement to Solve Wicked Problems

Don’t wait!  Register TODAY* for the workshop with Dr. Martin Carcasson on August 23rd


Who should attend?  All local government staff responsible for engaging with the community to inform, seek input from, respond to and/or solve community problems.

Join us for this exciting workshop: 
What Kind of Talk Do our Communities Need? 
A Call for Deliberative Engagement to Solve Wicked Problems

REGISTER NOW (*instructions below)

Session Date: August 23rd
Location: Renton Technical College ,
Building I (the letter “I”)
3000 NE 4th St.
Renton, WA 98056
Parking: Free  Click here for a campus map
Time: 8:00am-3:30pm
Cost: $25 (coffee service and lunch are included)

Speaker:  The workshop will be led by Martin Carcasson, Ph.D ., professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) (, and the current chair of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Board of Directors (

Description: This workshop will focus on building local capacity to engage difficult issues more collaboratively and productively through the use of deliberative engagement processes. Deliberative engagement involves interactive, often facilitated, small group discussions using materials and processes that spark collaborative learning rather than merely the collection of individual opinions.

An opening session will examine the concept of “wicked problems” as a framework to better understand difficult issues where there may be a clash of values, for example.  We’ll then review recent research on social psychology to help explain why traditional engagement processes are often counterproductive to supporting the high-quality communication democracy requires. The workshop will then review the key components to deliberative engagement and explore and engage in hands-on practice with a variety of tools and techniques drawn from several dialogue and deliberation traditions.


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Below are some samples of the workshop content. 


CivEd Talks 2017: Martín Carcasson (15 min)
Tackling Wicked Problems the Deliberative Engagement
Why and When Should We Use Public Deliberation?