Public Participation in a Polarized Era

The Good, The Bad, The Future


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Readings & Resources

Please review these resources and readings before the conference to familiarize yourself with some of the thoughts on public participation. These resources are not comprehensive, and we encourage you to do your own research before the conference. After the conference, we will make some of the presentation information available on this page.


Open Meetings: Guide to the Sunshine Law for State and County Boards
September 2016

Section 106 Handbook
Federal Aviation Administration
June 2015

Consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations in the Section 106 Review Process: A Handbook
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
June 2011

America's Epidemic of Incivility
Richard North Patterson
October 23, 2017

Building Trust: When Knowledge from Here meets Knowledge from Away
Peter Adler, Juliana Birkhoff
October 2002

The Failure and the Promise of Public Participation
Mark Funkhouser
January 6, 2014

The Dying Art of Disagreement
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
September 24, 2017

Don't Let Your Legislators Forget About You.
Tom Yamachika
September 17, 2017

Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide
L. Michelle Bennett, Howard Gadlin, and Samantha Levine-Finley
August 2010

ThinkTech "Community Matters" Feature about the conference and public participation

ThinkTech "Community Matters" Feature, second episode

How can we improve civic dialogue in Hawaii?
Civil Beat (about the conference)
November 2, 2017

Participation and Decision Making

Privacy Claim Shouldn't Block Disclosure of Airbnb Contract
Ian Lind
November 1, 2017