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Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy

What is convening?

Convening refers to the advance planning, hosting, and follow-up to a public conversation event or series.  Groups who convene public conversations lay the groundwork for success by their careful preparation with five essential elements:

  1.         Framing the issue and goals for the public conversation;
  2.         Developing team roles (facilitation, publicity, hosting, etc.);
  3.         Identifying and soliciting stakeholders to participate;
  4.         Seeking appropriate process models to structure the conversation;
  5.         Scheduling and publicity for the event.

To request professional assistance for your convening group, please email icdd@k-state.edu.

Find other groups in Kansas who convene facilitated public conversations.