Public Participation in a Polarized Era

The Good, The Bad, The Future

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Part 1: Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

8:00am Coffee and Registration

8:30

Welcome and Overview -- Peter Adler, PhD (The ACCORD3.0 Network)
8:40

Why Public Participation and Consultation Matter -- Colin Moore, Director (UH Public Policy Center)

A quick look at the current dynamics of public participation and its relevance for the future.

9:00

The Landscape of Existing Consultation Practices -- Keith Mattson (The ACCORD3.0 Network)

Legal requirements and perspectives on the effectiveness of ongoing practices.

Panel:

Professor Denise Antolini, Associate Dean (William S. Richardson School of Law) Overview of key requirements for public consultation: Sunshine laws, EIS, agency rulemaking, planning permits, etc.

Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director (Conservation Council of Hawaii) Non-profit perspectives

Mitchell D'Olier Business perspectives

Hon. Ed Case, ret. (US House of Representatives) Elected Official perspectives

10:30  BREAK
10:45

Learning from Case Studies -- Scott McCreary (The ACCORD3.0 Network)

Examples of different types of processes and their differing impacts.

Panel:

Kem Lowry, ret. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) Kaka'ako Citizen Advisory Committee

Melissa White, Sr. Planner (SSFM International) Complete Streets Planning

Kaleiaina Lee (‘Aha 2016 Chair) ‘Aha 2016 and the Native Hawaiian Constitution from ‘Aha 2016

Amy Hennessey, Communications Director (Ulupono Initiative) Kaua‘i's Proposed New Dairy

Greg Chun (Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai‘i) Envision Maunakea

12:30pm LUNCH (included)
1:20 Taiko Thunder Drums -- A Call Back by Nakama
1:30

Top Ten Ways to Make Sure Public Consultation Fail -- Linda Colburn

A humorous countdown of the strange and interesting things that befall people and events in public meetings.

1:45

Developing Public Policy: Who Gets Heard? -- Makena Coffman, Chair (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i)

People on different sides of controversial issues often claim to speak for their community, their ethnic group, or for future generations. Are there good, better, and worse ways to understand what communities want, especially when there are diverse stakeholders? What would an ideal public consultation processes entail?

2:10

Innovations, Solutions, and Fixes: Rapid Fire Questions, Answers, and Brainstorming with ACCORD Members and Sponsors -- Peter S. Adler, moderator

Panel:

  • Nicole Brodie
  • Robert Fishman
  • Jay Fidell
  • Ann Gosline
  • Amy Hennessey
  • Tim Hicks
  • Elizabeth Kent
  • Kem Lowry
  • Keith Mattson
  • Scott McCreary
  • Colin Moore
  • Ken Schmidt
  • Jim Simon
  • Richard Wilson
3:30

Open Breakout Groups to Discuss Specific Issues, Questions, and Ideas with Presenters over Pupus and Cash Bar

Stations with presenters and opportunities available for informal conversations.

4:15

Report on Potential Future Action Items from Designated Listeners -- Jana Wolff and Anne Smoke

4:30 Formal Adjournment

 

Part 2: Strategy and Skill Workshops

8:30am

Planning and Designing Specific Public Consultation Processes -- Keith Mattson, moderator

Effective public consultation depends a great deal upon designing processes tailored to the unique set of issues and communities involved. Organizers, managers, and facilitators must weigh several factors, including a community's prevoius experience with similar issues, the public's general knowledge base about the issue at hand, and the levels of polarization that may exist in the community. Three ighly-experienced facilitators share their insights, methods, and recommendations for planning and designing processes that can lead to successful consultation outcomes.

Panel: Kem Lowry, Rich Wilson, and Tim Hicks

9:30 BREAK
9:45

Transparency and Privacy: Grappling with the Public's Right to Know and the Need to Explore Solutions out of the Public Glare -- Jana Wolff, moderator

While stakeholders and organizers want open and direct dialogue on issues, there is often the need for a 'safe harbor' where those with opposing viewpoints can engage in honest debate and confidential discussions without the repercussions of publicized statements and positions. The media's presence and the public's demand for transparency can stifle the level of frankness around the table and even dissuade people from engaging in difficult discussions in the first place. Three experienced professionals share their insights and techniques on ways to balance the needs for transparency and privacy.

Panel: Ray Soon, Jim Simon, Greg Chun

10:45 BREAK
11:00

Consultation Processes with Native Hawaiian Communities -- Peter Adler, moderator

Vibrant commnities acrosss Hawaii want to participate in decisions that affect their individual and collective futures, especially Native Hawaiians who continue to experience a cultural renaissance. This panel will ask and try to answer the question: How do diverse Hawaiians prefer to be consulted when decisions that may affect them are on the table?

Panel: Ramsey Taum, Malia Akutagawa

12:00pm Formal Adjournment