Rebuild by Design–in partnership with the City of OaklandWest Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and Streetwyze–is developing new principles for community engagement to identify and address the needs of residents and communities. To facilitate this process, we kicked-off an engagement workshop series with Oakland this month. “Building a Resilient Oakland: It Takes a Town” is a four part series that brings together city leaders and local organizations to understand how to better engage with residents. Our first workshop brought together over 40 city and community leaders to frame a discussion around creating a collective understanding of engagement methods to ensure collaborative processes in communities. 

In our next workshop, on October 6, we will explore what we’ve uncovered a little further to better understand the themes and principles that have emerged and dig into why some engagement tactics work and some don’t. This process will ultimately be part of Resilient Oakland’s strategy as one of their actions toward creating a more inclusive and collaborative government model.