Category: Engagement


3 Benefits of Online Consultation

Community consultation, or simply stated, providing a forum to hear from stakeholders and constituents, is quickly becoming a favoured and best practice amongst collaborative leaders. It’s also quickly becoming a mainstream, public expectation – “If a decision being made impacts me, I want and expect to have a voice in it.” As leaders, we all […]

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APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. The Wasteland. 1922, T.S. Eliot These are some of the best known and most powerful poetic lines in the English language. Besides their enigmatic quality and contrasting of opposites, what gives them their […]


We’ve Changed Our Name. But Not Our Passion.

What’s in a Name? Companies change their names for various reasons, such as mergers and acquisitions, change of ownership, or responding to a transitioning industry landscape. Renaming a company can also serve to better reflect an organization’s core benefit, services, and value proposition; a change can bring the name into alignment with the company’s mission, […]


Top 10 Reasons to Engage Online

In our mobile, technology laden, connected world it’s easy to forget that not everyone has fully embraced online community engagement. Half the world may be on Facebook – and that means half the world is not. Those that don’t use social media or participate in online processes may not think that online would be a […]


Top 5 Reasons to Engage Early

Over the past few years we have had the privilege of being part of hundreds of community engagement processes involving hundreds of thousands of people. One of the big lessons we have learned is the value of early engagement. Early engagement provides the building blocks for successful long term engagement. Failing to engage key stakeholders […]


Differentiated Engagement – School Districts Doing It Right

If you want something done right, ask a teacher to do it. If you’ve spent any time in a classroom then you know why this is so. Educators have to balance multiple needs, be organized, stay on task, engage the sometimes uninterested, and get people to work together while measuring results. Many educators do this […]


Overcoming the Fear of Trains: How to Use Engagement to Make Decisions

Remember the movie Hugo? The film depicts the magical moment of people seeing a moving picture for the first time. There is a scene in the movie that shows a group of people watching “Arrival of a Train”. They duck and dive as the train arrives at the station. They feared the train was coming […]


Parent Engagement – What Works?

Parent engagement takes many forms. The right type of engagement practices can increase parent participation, change attitudes about public education and improve student outcomes. We receive a lot of feedback from school administrators. Their feedback inspires us because it shows that they understand that parent engagement, real engagement, is critical and they have taken steps […]


Engagement Vs Involvement

Ideas matter. The language we use to convey ideas matters too. Defining, or redefining, words so they align with our ideas is a key activity in all sectors that aim to communicate with and receive the support of their communities. We have noticed that there is a range of definitions and ways of interpreting engagement […]

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