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Tackling Wicked Problems through Deliberative Engagement

August 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colorado State Library is delighted to offer this workshop focused on increasing the capacity of library staff to host and facilitate productive community conversations.

When: Monday August 6, 2018 from 9 AM – 5 PM

Where: Loveland Public Library, Gertrude B. Scott Room | 300 N Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 | Map

Cost: There is no cost for this workshop. Lunch is included.

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This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concept of “wicked problems” as a framework to better understand difficult issues and examine recent research on social psychology to help explain why quality conversations regarding wicked problems can be so difficult.
  • Review deliberative engagement techniques that are specifically designed to engage wicked problems by working to avoid triggering the worst in human nature and alternatively tapping into our best features.
  • Focus in particular on the National Issues Forum process, which is particularly well suited for libraries to utilize to engage their community.  The workshop will include hands on facilitation training using the NIF materials.

The workshop will be led by Martin Carcasson, Ph.D., professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), and the current president of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Christine Kreger, Professional Development Coordinator at kreger_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6946.


August 6, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Colorado State Library


Loveland Public Library
300 N Adams Ave
Loveland, CO 80537 United States
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