2:45 - 3:45 pm | Sessions

Community Engagement 2011 – Listen / Collaborate / Act

Daniel Homsey, City Administrator’s Office, Neighborhood Empowerment Network, City & County of San Francisco

All too often we rush into communities and neighborhoods with pre-conceived notions of people’s problems and needs and provide them with ready-to-wear programs and solutions. The world of one-size-fits-all is over, and we need to learn how to engage with and understand a community or neighborhood and its inhabitants before rushing to fix the situation. Participants will learn about approaches for working in and engaging with people in their locales, the importance of facilitating and listening rather than assuming and fixing, and be oriented to a few of the new and emerging tools and skills useful to your role as a change agent.

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