Kirstin is thrilled to be leading a dual-language community outreach team training for community facilitators this evening at Scott Elementary School. The effort will help direct the future pedestrian safety plan for the community and the park. The outreach team is addressing concerns about the lack of safe pedestrian, active transit and bicycle access at the park entrances because of high volume vehicle traffic from Killingsworth and Highway 30. The “Let’s Build Cully Park Initiative” is a neighborhood-based community organizing initiative managed by Verde, located in the Cully neighborhood. Watch their amazing short video on vimeo. Be inspired!
Kirstin’s training will help the team develop skills for meeting facilitation, focus-group interviews and community outreach, enabling the team to better communicate community needs to government agencies during the park development process.
“We are thrilled to have Kirstin in at the outset with the community leaders as they deepen their skills in interviewing and facilitation techniques to identify ways to improve safe access to Cully Park.” Anita Yap, project consulting team lead for the pedestrian access plan.
Kirstin lives just down Prescott Street in the Sabin Neighborhood and is pleased to be part of this important effort.
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How do we make sure our meetings start and end on time? How do we deal with people who run on and on and don’t know when to stop talking? What are simple rules of order we can apply to neighborhood meetings? Do you have hints about how to handle controversial issues?
These and many other matters were the subject of a recent workshop for about 50 Clackamas County citizen leaders conducted by Elaine Cogan and Steve Faust. The format was similar to training sessions Elaine has conducted for planning commissioners and city council members throughout the region and beyond. “There is a hunger for this kind of information,” Elaine observed. “Citizen leaders devote hundreds of hours to their communities but often do not have the basic information that will enable them to realize even more satisfactory results.”
Upon reviewing the evaluation sheets filled out by participants after the workshop, Barbara Smolak, Citizen Involvement, Public and Government Affairs for Clackamas County, said that most rated the session either “very good” or “excellent.”
COC congratulates Elaine Cogan for recognition by Planning Commissioners Journal editor Wayne Senville. In the 20th anniversary article of the Journal, for which Elaine was a regular columnist for 17 years, Wayne writes, Elaine Cogan, a Principal in the Portland, Oregon, planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan, has trained dozens of planning boards and staffs on public involvement and communications techniques. For many years she wrote “The Effective Planning Commissioner” column for the PCJ. We’ve also published Elaine’s excellent booklet for new planning board members: Now That You’re On Board. How to Survive … and Thrive … as a Planning Commissioner — currently available as a pdf download.” The booklet also accompanies her training classes and is being used as a handy reference guide for planning commissions all over the country.
For those that have had the opportunity to work with Elaine, or read her writing, we know that every interaction leaves us better afterwards than we were going in.
See the full PCJ article here.
Kudos, Elaine. Please keep up the great work!!!
, Planning Commissioners Journal