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  1. Thanks again for coming, and thanks very much for the write-up!

    As discussed, we should try to do an event in Santa Cruz at some point in the not-too-distant future.

  2. Chris Nunez says:

    This is intriguing and I’m wondering if the Aboriginal folks in Australia are helped to access these public town hall type meetings? Does it enhance their ability to assume a place in the participation of governance? Or, not to make too many people nervous, will this negatively impact the ability of the Aboriginal population to participate, and possibly remain where they are in the social and economic strata of Australia. There is much that the U.S. shares with Australia, and having Indigenous populations at the lower end of the social and economic strata is among them.

    Inquiring citizens want to know.

    • Hi Chris,

      There’s lots of interesting work happening around engaging indigenous people is both Australia and Canada, for example. The IAP2 North America conference that just ended yesterday had a few session on this. Not sure how much coverage is available online yet but you might want to check out the conference program or follow what was shared via the #IAP2NA2014 hashtag on Twitter over the past few days:

      http://iap2canada.ca/conference-schedule

      IAP2 has a framework for public participation that’s based on a set of core values. Diversity and inclusiveness play a big role, and engaging marginalized communities is part of the day-to-day work of many practitioners here in the US. Happy to connect you if you’d like to learn more.

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