The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy hosted the 2013 University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) Meeting, June 2-4, 2013, here in Malibu.
UNCG is a national network of over two dozen university-based centers spanning from the Syracuse/Maxwell School to the University of Hawaii, and from the University of Washington to Florida State University. The mission of the network is to promote public engagement through research, training, and consulting. The meeting focused on decision-making that genuinely incorporates the public in policy definition, creation, and implementation.
This year's meeting focused on one central question: What new approaches or ways of thinking can university centers bring to collaborative decision making with both stakeholders and the public? The meeting featured a plenary panel looking at the City of Bell's dramatic shift toward public engagement and transparency. Pete Peterson (MPP '07), executive director of the Davenport Institute, moderated the panel with Ken Hampian, former City of Bell interim city manager, and Ana Maria Quintana, City of Bell councilmember and recently elected Mayor Pro Tem.
Since the University Network for Collaborative Governance formed in 2008, member centers and affiliated university faculty and staff come together annually to examine the work being done to assist citizens and leaders to engage in dialogue, discussion, problem solving, and conflict resolution around public issues.