Introduction to Collaborative Governance

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Participants work together on real-time, practical issues.

Learn to Tackle Tough Issues Together

The creation of sustainable solutions for complex public issues is increasingly dependent on assuring meaningful public involvement and the establishment of effective collaborative partnerships with public, private, and civic stakeholders. To increase their effectiveness, the public and government institutions tasked with addressing these difficult issues are shifting toward integrating more collaborative problem solving approaches. President Obama’s Memorandum on “Transparency and Open Government” has called on Federal Agencies to be more open, transparent, and collaborative in carrying out their missions. (January, 2009)  Until now, public sector employees wanting to utilize these new governance models have been challenged by their lack of experience in applying successful collaboration problem solving approaches and the lack of training programs to teach the skills essential to effective collaboration.

The next workshop will take place  May 9-13, 2011.  Register by April 15 for the earlybird rate of $1300, or after April 15 for $1450.  Registration details are online at:  www.pdx.edu/eli/collaboration.

“Introduction to Collaborative Governance” is specifically designed as an introductory workshop for those working in the environment/natural resource and public sectors to learn the fundamental principles of collaborative governance and to develop the concrete skills needed to initiate and participate in collaborative approaches for public issues. The course is designed to assist participants in applying course concepts to real life situations.

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