Credits: 1 Fall 2015: Time and location TBA
Must register during registration period to be considered -
Public decision-making takes place in an increasingly complicated and challenging policy-making environment. Decision-making processes need to accommodate complex issues and a crowded and diverse field of stakeholders, all of whom seek a voice in the decision-making process.
Process management skills are among the unsung and often untaught skills required by people working in environmental management and public policy. These skills include knowing who to include when working on a tricky topic, planning and running good meetings, developing strong coalitions, assessing disputes well then building sound public processes based on what you learn, and determining when it might be helpful to have additional neutral support to assist you in resolving a complex public dispute.
This course will introduce participants to some of the key concepts behind when and how to engage the public or key stakeholders in a productive way to address important environmental and public policy topics. These 2.5 hour sessions are designed for students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Each session will include some time for presentation of theory, a small group exercise or simulation, and large group discussion of student and trainer experience, and will be designed around real-world situations from the presenter’s experience as an impartial public issues mediator and facilitator.