I am in at the tail end of three weeks of pretty intense learning and networking. As a city councillor, it was my honour to represent our community at the 2012 Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria. After 5 days in Victoria, I returned home for a very short "re-pack bags, see family" stop, and then I flew out to Halifax Nova Scotia.
As a community member, a strong believer in strong democracies, and as an entrepreneur, I spend a lot of my time learning about public engagement practices. I was in Halifax to attend the International Association of Public Participation North America Conference and to participate in the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation annual directors retreat. This involved no public money but I certainly hope I can serve Kamloops better, as a councillor, with the knowledge and skills I am acquiring.
I'm also travelling to Seattle at the end of this week for the US based National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation 2012 conference. I am really looking forward to this as well.
I hope to write a lot here about learnings from these conference. Of course, I will be writing for sure about the Union of BC Municipalities convention. And I hope to share key learnings from the public engagement conferences as well.