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IAP2 2013 Presenter Check-In: Ashley Trim

As we count down the days to #IAP2NA2013, we thought it would be nice to check in with our speakers and presenters to see what they’re looking forward to at the conference. Enjoy!

Who are you and what do you do?

Ashley TrimAshley Trim, Research Coordinator for the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (how’s that for a mouthful?!). We work with local and regional governments to support and promote legitimate civic involvement as a means of addressing some of the difficult public issues facing California communities.

What topic will you be presenting on at the conference, and what makes you feel passionate about it?

I will be discussing a couple of ground-breaking surveys that we collaborated on regarding the attitudes of local government officials and community based organization leaders toward public engagement and collaboration in California. The face of decision-making – especially at the local level- is changing quickly and fundamentally. This research shows that local government officials do recognize these changes and desire better engagement, but also that “traditional” methods of engagement (council meetings, town halls, public hearings) just aren’t cutting it anymore. The question of “where do we go from here?” is particularly exciting as both a challenge and an opportunity.

Based on the conference program, what other sessions do you hope to attend (and why)?

I’m looking forward to the session on the Rise of Uncivil Discourse – particularly as it relates to online engagement, since this is an area that many of the governments we work with are often concerned about. . . And the morning session on Tuesday about “Staying the Course When Things Get Loud and Messy” – honestly though, I’m having a hard time deciding how to divide up my time!

Where can we follow you?

At Davenport Institute, I’m the editor of our three public engagement blogs: Incommonblog.com; goldengovernance.com; and gov20watch.com. You can also follow us on twitter: @DavenportInst

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