Storytelling: Practical tools to elevate public discourse

International Association of Public Participation USA


Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

Portland, OR, United States

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Studies have found that powerful stories impact our brains, the chemicals in our blood, and the choices we are influenced to make, while facts alone do little to change hearts and minds. In a quantity-saturated world with increasing polarity, stories can be used to raise the quality of public participation and foster compassion and understanding for different perspectives and experiences. Come learn about three different approaches and tools public involvement practitioners can use to center community voice through story. Participants will discuss some of their own experiences using story in community engagement, and leave with practical ideas and inspiration gathered from collective wisdom.

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Francesca Patricolo

Francesca Patricolo is a Planner in the Policy Innovation and Regional Collaboration section of the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. She specializes in addressing complex and contentious planning and public policy issues, as well as designing and advising on community engagement plans and processes for the bureau. She served ... Read More

Sabrina Wilson

As the Code Change Project Manager for the City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life, Sabrina Wilson is committed to promoting authentic relationships with the community as the foundation to public participation. She is a member of the IAP2 Cascade Chapter Board of Directors and recently earned her ... Read More

Ambar Espinoza

Ambar Espinoza is storyteller in the planning and development department at Metro. She writes about projects that affect the lives of people who live, work and play in Portland metro area – stories that range from the region’s affordable housing program to plans to expand the region’s transit system ... Read More

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