The Collaborative Planning Academy
To inaugurate the Collaborative Planning Academy in California, the Center for Collaborative Policy (California State University Sacramento) will be offering a series of three workshops during 2006. The series will be held in both Northern and Southern California, focusing on skill building in three areas critical to the effectiveness of planners: negotiation and collaborative problem solving, public involvement, and leadership and politics. The charge for the series is $300 to cover direct costs. The schedule for these interactive workshops is:
Negotiation and Collaborative Problem Solving
Tuesday, January 24 – Los Angeles; Thursday, January 26 – Oakland
Tuesday, March 14 – Los Angeles; Thursday, March 16 – Oakland
Leadership and Politics
Tuesday, May 23 – Los Angeles; Thursday, May 25 – Oakland
The workshops will begin at 9:30 and end at 5:00. They will be held at the Metropolitan Transit Authority offices in Los Angeles and the Elihu Harris State Office Building in Oakland. Both locations are proximate to public transit.
The Collaborative Planning Academy is a new program initiated by the Center with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The goal of the Academy is to provide a venue for planners to learn together how to better use collaborative methods to enhance their capacity to improve planning outcomes. We envision the workshop series as only the beginning, with regular opportunities for academy members to share and reflect upon their experiences in using collaborative methods. For example, future regional or sub-regional sessions may be organized. The workshop participants will help plan the future activities of the Academy. The workshops are only being offered as a series. Planners will be asked to participate in all three.
David Booher, FAICP and Greg Bourne will lead the workshops. David, Senior Policy Consultant to the Center, is a professional planner with 30 years experience in using collaborative methods in planning. Greg, a managing senior mediator with the Center, was associated with the Graduate City Planning Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 10 years, where he co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
To register for one of the workshop series, please contact Crystal Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org (916.445.2079).