2018 National Planning Conference

Engaging the Extremes

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

Location: 210

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188080


  • Planning processes to engage affected stakeholders, even when their values are highly polarized
  • How to decide which public-engagement tools will be most effective for planning projects that are complex, contentious, or highly emotional
  • Tools and techniques for effective public involvement with an increased level of skill and confidence, particularly in challenging circumstances


For decades, planning has emphasized the inclusion of diverse people and stakeholders affected by planning decisions. It assumed that participants would join the process according to common expectations about why and how they participate. But in today's political and cultural environment, those assumptions aren't necessarily true. In this session, we will use interactive dialogue, presentation, role play and other techniques to explore ways to engage effectively with people who hold varied beliefs about planning and government. Bring your own experiences and look forward to active participation, with practical lessons and tools you can take back to your own community.

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Session Speakers

Karen S. Walz, FAICP
Strategic Community Solutions, LLC
Dallas, TX

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