Principal Kirstin Greene will be a panelist at the free Deliberative Democracy symposium in Portland at the White Stag Building on May 29.
A principal and one of the owners of Cogan Owens Cogan consulting firm, Kirstin has 17 years experience as a planner and public process facilitator. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics as well as masters degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Asian Studies from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is on the Board of the Oregon Chapter of the Urban Land Institute. She has served on the Board of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association for legislative issues and the City Club of Portland for advocacy and awareness in civic affairs.
In her 14 years with Cogan Owens Cogan, Kirstin has helped facilitate public engagement and planning processes throughout Oregon including recently managing the conditional use permit for the new University of Oregon basketball arena. She was recognized as the PPPM’s first distinguished Young alumna and with three classmates established the annual Catalyst Scholarship award, helping support students in the department of PPPM make positive change in the world.
Kirstin will give a short update on her work for Clackamas County’s Complete Communities and Completing Connections process. Her recent work for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition was profiled in the February 2009 edition of Planning magazine.
Completing Connections – Clackamas County, Oregon
Case study in community empowerment recognized as one of the top 50 Innovations in Government by the Ash Institute at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2007. In late 1999, responding to a “crisis” in confidence, mistrust and dissatisfaction with County government, Clackamas County convened what started as a project and became what is now a ten year relationship between County elected officials and citizens – Complete Communities for Clackamas County. In the initial outreach, the overarching recommendation was to develop better ways for citizens to be involved in decisions that effect their lives. This recommendation led to establishment of two quasi-governmental organizational frameworks in Clackamas County – Hamlets and Villages. The Completing Connections hamlet and village program also was recognized with an award for excellence from the International Association of Public Participation in 2006.
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition – Corvallis, Oregon
Case study in grass roots organizational development and community-based action planning to respond to environmental crisis. The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition of more than 130 partner organizations used sustainability focused Natural Step principles to guide their work. The Sustainability Action Plan was finalized in December 2008 with the involvement of over 1,200 citizens. Implementation continues today.
Read more about this event below or download the flyer and registration form.
Building Public Will for Action on Critical Problems
What are the strategies and tactics for strengthening public discourse? How can deliberative processes be used as a vehicle for building public understanding of critical problems and develop commitment to long term policy solutions. These questions are being asked by state and local governments as well as non-profit organizations who are faced with broadly recognized problems that are difficult if not impossible to address through the current structure of policy debate and public discourse. This forum will share the findings from some of the leading applied researchers and practitioners with the goal of improving public discourse.
Date: Friday May 29, 2009, 1-5pm with hosted reception following
Location: White Stag Building, Portland
A Free event open to the Public: Registration required (2nd page of attachment)
Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
University of Oregon
Ed Weeks, Emeritus Professor, Department of PPPM, University of Oregon
Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium
Opening Remarks by UO President Frohnmayer
Priority Setting and Long-term versus Short-term Pressures
Kirstin Greene, Cogan Owens Cogan
Susan Brody, National Policy Consensus Center
Tony Mounts, City of Salem
Connie Ozawa, Portland State University
Adam Davis, Davis Hibbitts
Jeanne Lawson, Jeanne Lawson Associates
ALSO! RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE SYMPOSIUM
Date: Friday May 29, 2009 5pm to 6:30pm
Location: White Stag Building, Portland (directions are on the flyer)
Open to all symposium attendees and alumni or friends of CSPA and PPPM
Attendance at symposium not required