Resilience Planning: Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving

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Date(s) - Jun 6, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The California Endowment - Oakland Conference Center

The Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) presents Resilience Planning: Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving, a special training for government staff at all levels who work on climate resilience. Participants will explore pitfalls of community engagement and learn proven strategies to working with grassroots groups to develop a good agenda, balance discussion, resolve conflict, achieve consensus, and build partnerships.

Climate change is a daunting topic, especially for agencies tasked with protecting public welfare. Due to socioeconomic vulnerabilities, some communities are harder hit by its impacts. These same communities often have rich histories of resilience. With this experience, grassroots leaders from frontline communities offer key expertise in local resilience planning. In a climate emergency, having long-term positive partnerships with community groups to work with you to respond to neighborhood needs may be one of your most valuable assets.

Participants will learn how to build trust with frontline communities, leverage local expertise in respectful ways to create long-term collaboration and social cohesion, and implement partnerships to run multi-stakeholder planning processes. Participants will focus on a best practice case study of the partnership agreement developed between West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and USEPA, a model which EPA has replicated nationally.

Our RCI trainers are from Bay Area community groups with hands-on experience collaborating with federal, state, regional, and local agencies. We have developed partnerships with regulators and field-tested successful collaborative problem solving methods.

Join us for a fast-paced day of dialog and practice that is guaranteed to improve both your outlook and your outcomes in community engagement meetings.

This training is part of the Regional Resilience Leadership Academy, a series of eleven trainings and workshops in 2016 building capacity for agency staff and grassroots leaders to work together. The Academy is organized by the RCI, a coalition of eleven Bay Area social equity groups, with funding from the Kresge Foundation.

The RCI thanks the following agencies for their support of the Academy: USEPA, California Office of Planning and Research, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Toxic Substance Control, Bay Conservation and Development District, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and the Climate Readiness Initiative.  For more information see

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