We asked Public Consultation and Engagement experts the following question regarding their Two Key Challenges, and they were kind enough to share their insights with us:
What are the two key challenges faced by public consultation and engagement professionals today?
MANITOBA CLEAN ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
WHITEFEATHER FOREST INITIATIVE OF PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION
Andrew J. Chapeskie
- Addressing a dynamic and rapidly evolving Indigenous Rights landscape
- Improving cross-cultural understanding across a range of matters of significance to Indigenous communities – from the nature of indigenous landscapes to how indigenous relationships to land, including customary stewardship and governance of natural resources, inform their approach to development.
There has always been competition for the attention of public, but now the public consultation and engagement landscape has evolved – as has the rest of society – to adapt to the possibilities of the Internet and social media, but in doing so, there are that many more pulls on the public’s attention. The issues of “noise” and “fatigue” have been exacerbated rather than improved.
CITY OF BELLEVILLE
ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY
- Accumulated suspicion and cynicism of the public about whether their ideas are actually heard, and…
- Resistance of internal experts to external ideas, mostly because they don’t have a way
to integrate them successfully.
CITY OF VANCOUVER (BC)
John Miller, CPF, CTF, BA, MA
- A huge disconnect continues to open up between apparently competing world views in the political realm: democratic and …not so much. Civil society attempts to fill the vacuum but these are not a replacement for engaging citizens in their own governance. And we forget that civil society includes organizations that promote opinions that are not so “nice” too, so xdivisions risk becoming exacerbated.
- The cost of engaging the public seems harder to afford as a stand-alone or added-on activity due to changes in the structure of the (Canadian) economy. How do we truly engage the public yet do it cheaper as well as better and faster?
MUNICIPALITY OF CLYDE RIVER (NU)
- How to satisfy the needs of the affected region. Knowing the economic and social conditions of a region. Most people view the ‘industry’ as a real big money maker and people want to get in on the rewards. How to adequately accomplish that is a big challenge.
- Industry having to operate by Land Claims and or treaties seems burdensome to an industry. Industries that have come have had big plans for their operation only to have land claims and their regulations as an inconvenience.
JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY COUNCIL (FL)
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