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As a university-based policy institute, the Davenport Institute has access to top scholars working on issues relating to public engagement, technology in government, place-making, and other related fields. Our work with local government also provides access to some of the most innovative practitioners. This combined access to theory and practice has resulted in a number of conferences here in Malibu hosted by the Davenport Institute, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, and partner organizations.

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Here you can explore some of our past and upcoming conferences.

State of Public Engagement Annual Conference


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Back to the Future - Where are we Post-Pandemic (ish)?

The state of public engagement continues to evolve and change as we navigate community challenges associated with the events of the last 2+ years. In 2020, public engagement went virtual, in 2021 hybrid public engagement started to gain momentum along with a return to in-person public engagement. We can’t help but ask, where are we now post-pandemic(ish)? Join us for our second annual State of Public Engagement conference for a robust conversation on the various modalities now available for public engagement, best practices for determining which is the right fit for your community, and the challenges associated with each modality. We will also discuss what it takes internally to maintain flexibility and adaptability in our current state of public engagement. 

This conference is a collaborative effort on the part of public engagement focused organizations from across California which will take place on Wednesday July 20, 2022 from 3:30-5:30PM (PDT)



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The Future of Public Engagement In a Hybrid World (July 2021)

This was a special meeting about the emerging hybrid of online and in-person public participation using new digital tools and trusted and tested long-standing methods. This hybrid of digital and in-person engagement didn't functionally exist prior to COVID-19. However, in the last year and a half engagement pivoted to predominantly online. Now, both options are possible and we need to share what the early lessons learned are, how to plan which methods are best for the project and stakeholders, and resources to help all public participation managers succeed in this new era of a hybridized approach with more engagement options. This exciting conversation took place on July 21, but you can watch the recording here.


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