Let’s Grow Together!
We signed up over 100 new volunteers at Agile 2015 in Washington, DC.
Many of these new recruits went through training and volunteered to help with San Jose’s participatory budget event which ran from February 2016 through April 2016.
In early 2018 we held 5 public training classes and trained nearly 100 new facilitators for San Jose's budget games! We also held online training classes for volunteers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We deliver training online and in person to both volunteers and city employees to teach them how to lead our games within their own communities. We can customize your training class and deliver it through a variety of mediums. Contact us to get your team trained!
Frameworks for Civic Engagement:
How to design and run the best, most effective community meetings to get problems solved
This full-day certification workshop will prepare participants to use at least four innovative collaborative frameworks, rooted in serious games, to increase civic engagement and tackle wicked and technical social problems in their communities. Participants will get practical, hands-on experience in using the participatory budgeting techniqueBudget Games, and the deliberation and strategy process for wicked problems created in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, along with real-world examples of how the techniques have been used in communities around the world.
What you will learn:
Technical Social Problems and Wicked Social Problems. These two terms will be defined and discussed so that participants are able to select frameworks optimized for the right goal based on the problem the community faces.
Budget Games frameworks including Budget Allocator & Fund a Program/Project. These frameworks have been used by cities and school districts around the world (San Jose, CA, Missoula MT, and a number of European cities) to engage residents in a participatory budgeting process. These frameworks will be presented both as in-person engagement strategies and as online solutions that help scale to larger groups of people who may also be unable to meet in a single location.
Grow my Community frameworks. This framework collection, based on Innovation Games® described in the book by that name written by Luke Hohmann, helps citizens and stakeholders identify goals and develop roadmaps for building and growing a community over time. These frameworks will be presented both as in-person engagement strategies and as online solutions that help scale to larger groups of people who may also be unable to meet in a single location.
Common Ground for Action. This framework for engaging communities in solving wicked social problems was developed by the Kettering Foundation and has been used for decades to bring citizens together to identify where common ground lies and where policy can be developed that is supportable by the community affected. The Kettering Foundation, a Conteneo partner, is a national non-profit organization founded in 1927 and rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.
Attendees will be provided with a 1 year standard license to Conteneo’s Collaboration Cloud, the online platform that helps scale community outreach online by using collaboration frameworks in the cloud and accessible through an easy browser-based interface.
This course earns participants 60 Training credits in the Certified Collaboration Architect program—equivalent to a Yellow Belt.
Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo and a founding partner and acting Managing Director of the Every Voice Engaged Foundation. A frequent speaker at industry conferences (most recently the keynote address at Agile 2016 where he spoke about civic engagement http://bit.ly/HohmannKeynote2016) and author of many books including Innovation Games, Creating Breakthrough Products through Collaborative Play, Luke is a leader in developing solutions for civic engagement that have been leveraged by cities including San Jose, CA. For more about civic engagement from Luke, read his blog posts on conteneo.co/blog/ or go directly to one: http://conteneo.co/budgets-are-not-broccoli-or-why-surveys-suck/