Burning Man to share philosophies of community engagement during San Mateo Innovation Week.
Social media, on-line platforms, community forums, and participatory activities through art and technology have transformed the ways citizens interact and participate within their communities. Information is more accessible, dialogue is on-going, and expectations for involvement continue to rise. As a city that prides itself on innovation, collaboration, and experimentation, San Mateo utilizes many of these techniques to create stronger connections with residents and community partners.
The Central Park Master Plan, Downtown Engagement process, Taste and Talk Speaker Series, and digital platforms such as San Mateo Town Hall, Nextdoor, and San Mateo City Insider eNewsletter and blog connect residents to community issues, provide information, and create dialogue. But, is that enough? What other techniques can be used to encourage greater connection, creativity, and participation throughout our community?
The upcoming panel discussion, “Maker Cities: Inspiring Engagement, Dialogue, and Participation,” taking place on May 14th features Burning Man co-founder and former City Manager of Black Rock City, Harley Dubois; Ashley Trim, Assistant Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy; Leslie Pritchett, Public Art Instigator and board member to several arts-based and nonprofit ventures including The Crucible and American Steel Studios; and Gordon Strause, Director of Neighborhood Operations with San Francisco-based Nextdoor. Stuart Mangrum, Education Director for Burning Man will facilitate the discussion.
Burning Man’s culture of participation and inclusion has inspired and increased expectations for community involvement in the default world. This panel brings together diverse perspectives from Burning Man and other leaders in community engagement to share philosophies, strategies and techniques that encourage citizens to get involved and contribute to making lasting solutions in communities near and far.
“We are excited to bring Burning Man back to San Mateo to be part of this diverse panel of community engagement leaders,” says Rebecca Zito, Senior Management Analyst. “Our community wants to be involved and contribute to the decision making process. Being able to learn from these leading thinkers will spark new ideas and strategies on how we can create a more connected community.”
Maker Cities: Inspiring Engagement, Dialogue, and Participation takes place on Thursday, May 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Kingfish Restaurant located in Downtown San Mateo at 201 S. B Street. Registration is free, but space is limited; reserve your space using Eventbrite. Visit San Mateo Innovation Week for more information. Visit our Facebook page, San Mateo Innovation Week, to share your innovative ideas.