PEA Facilitates Asian American Pacific Islander Leadership Forum in DC

PEA was honored to facilitate the AAPI Leadership Action Forum for the Mayor’s Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) in DC on Saturday April 21st. The forum brought together 100 leaders and stakeholders from the Asian Pacific Islander community, with the highest numbers coming from the Chinese-American, Filipino-American, Vietnamese-American, and Korean-American communities but with…

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National Summit for Democracy

Last week, PEA had the great honor of facilitating the National Summit for Democracy in Washington, DC, hosted by two organizations, Stand Up Ideas (SUI) and Protect Democracy (PD), committed to the defense of American norms, ideals, and institutions. The intent of the summit was to “convene an ideologically diverse group of activists and advocates…

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PEA Facilitates the Inaugural PlanHoward Academy

We had a unique opportunity this summer and fall to work with the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) to design and facilitate the inaugural PlanHoward Academy. The Academy idea originated with County Executive Alan Kittleman. Early in his first term, he committed to involving County residents far more in the planning arena…

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Effective Public Engagement: How Deliberative Forums Differ from Traditional Public Meetings

Most communities hold public meetings throughout the year, but very few of them are well organized or structured to be effective or achieve meaningful results. Often, public officials invite public comment on policies or plans but without framing well what are the issues in play, what kind of information needs to be provided to bring…

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Effective Public Engagement: Ensuring Inclusive Representation

Ensuring Inclusive Representation in Who Attends Public Meetings Proclamations are often made about the importance of diverse voices being a part of public processes.  Then there is the counter retort that “We advertise public meetings, but nobody comes!” Often planners and policy-makers don’t know how to recruit diverse groups of people to public meetings, and…

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Our Approach

Public Engagements Associates: Our Approach   PEA employs innovative and pragmatic methods to engage the public which can be used in a wide variety of situations.   At the heart all of our work is the skillful application of small group dialogue.  We design and facilitate small group discussions which enable all participants to be heard…

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Why is PEA’s Work Needed?

Why is PEA’s work needed? In our increasingly complex society, it is more important than ever that government, as well as private sector decision makers, understand the views of those who are impacted by the decisions they make. When there are competing interests and difficult problems to solve, it is almost impossible to make the…

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