Flexing Facebook's Civic Muscles: Public Engagement in the Age of Social Media
Presented by, Susanna Haas Lyons
Flexing Facebook’s Civic Muscles is a presentation that looks at the use of social media for public engagement. Online public participation is a young field however, and little is known about the benefits or limitations of these approaches. This presentation will share methods and results of a recent project I ran in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Canada, to engage hundreds of residents and commuters in a July 2011 Facebook conversation about the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Plan.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
6-7pm est (5-6pm cst., 3-4pm pst.)
Free- but spots are limited- sign up [HERE]
Susanna Haas Lyons is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement projects.
She is a senior network associate with AmericaSpeaks, a global leader in large-scale public participation on the policy issues that matter most to the public. Previously, Susanna was project coordinator with the internally recognized British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, which was shortisted for the prestigious Mohn Prize for revitalizing democracy.
Susanna is currently researching collaborative policy development, with a focus in digital engagement practices, at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability.
She is an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.
She is an advisor to the Alberta Climate Dialogue project and recently completed a 2-year term as a board member of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2). Susanna holds a certificate in public engagement from the International Association for Public Participation