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The Future of Public Engagement In a Hybrid World


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.


  • Coby C. Williams, Principal and Founder, New Reach Community Consulting
  • Miguel Alatorre, Community Organizer and Policy Advocate, Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice
  • Rebekah Grmela, CEO, Right + Good Consulting

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