TexasMunicipal League Presents
FromChaos to Collaboration:
EffectiveWays to Engage the Public

June 6-7, 2013
Texas Municipal Center, First Floor Conference Room
1821 Rutherford Lane, Austin

As cities grow, cityleaders are often tasked with building consensus on issues of importance thatimpact the lives of their citizens. These issues can be as varied as the citiesthemselves—from traffic concerns, to use of public spaces, to the future growthof the city. By involving citizens in the decision-making process, cities haveenriched the lives of their residents and found greater agreement in addressingcommunity challenges.

Citizen engagement caninclude open houses, public meetings, workshops, citizen advisory committees,surveys, and a number of other forms of citizen involvement. But how youapproach these efforts can dictate the success of the decision-makingprocess.

This workshop willprovide you with a highly interactive learning environment and will offeractual tools and techniques to help you effectively get your citizens involved.You will leave the workshop with skills to begin directly assisting your cityin engaging its most valuable decision-makers, the citizens.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, June 6 
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast9:00 a.m. – NoonSessionsNoon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sessions
Friday, June 7
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast9:00 a.m. – NoonSessions

About the Speaker

LarrySchooler, Cityof Austin Community Engagement Consultant and President, InternationalAssociation for Public Participation

LarrySchooler oversees community and public engagement and conflict resolutionprojects for the City of Austin, and he does mediation, facilitation, and publicengagement consulting for outside clients. He is also president of theInternational Association for Public Participation (IAP2USA) and an adjunctlecturer at Southern Methodist University. Larry also mediates disputes onbehalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, and he is a Fellow at the Center forPublic Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas.

Larryis the author of a manual titled, The “Public” in Public Policy: Keys to aSuccessful Community Meeting and a forthcoming book about “truth andreconciliation commissions” in the United States. In his former career, Larrywas an award-winning reporter for National Public Radio and other mediaoutlets. 

Larryholds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a master’s degreein conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University, where heis pursuing a doctorate in the same field. 

Larryis married to commercial real estate broker Jolie Schooler and is the father ofa toddler, Sammy. In his nonexistent spare time, he trains for marathons andperforms in a jazz band. 



Workshop Location
The meeting will be held in the First FloorConference Room of the Texas MunicipalCenter, located at 1821 Rutherford Lane in Austin. Fora map to the center and a list of local hotels with special rates, go to http:///www.tml.org/pdf/Nearby_Hotels.pdf.

Registration Fee
The registration fee of$225 includes continentalbreakfasts on Thursday and Friday, lunch on Thursday, refreshments, andhandouts.

Confirmations and badgeswill be mailed in advance. Name badges are required for admittance, so PLEASEREMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BADGE TO THE WORKSHOP.

Cancellation andSubstitution Policy
If you are registeredand cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send asubstitute, a $45 cancellation fee will be assessed if written cancellation is e-mailedto acct@tml.org by May 24. No refundswill be honored after May 24.

Special Accommodations
Please let us know onthe registration form if you need special accommodations of any kind. We wantto help! In order to respond to any special requests, we would appreciate asmuch advance notice as possible.

Continuing EducationCredit
Elected officials(mayors and councilmembers) can earn up to twelve Texas Municipal LeagueInstitute (TMLI) credit hours for attending this workshop. CEU forms will be availableon site. For more information about the TMLI program, visit www.tml.org (clickon “Training” and then “TMLI—Training Certification”) or call 512-231-7400.

Please contact the TMLConferences and Training Department at 512-231-7400 or engagement@tml.org.

  1. Register online.
  2. Download and mail a .pdf version of the registration form to:
    Texas Municipal League
    1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400
    Austin, Texas 78754-5101