Honing Engagement and Communication Skills to Catalyze Local Climate Adaptation Work: Lessons from the Resilience Dialogues

Honing Engagement and Communication Skills to Catalyze Local Climate Adaptation Work: Lessons from the Resilience Dialogues

Organizer: 
Rachel Jacobson
American Society of Adaptation Professionals
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 2
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

This training is an opportunity for climate change professionals from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. natural science, social science, policy, communications, planning, engineering) to strengthen their knowledge and skills for providing effective, locally-relevant technical assistance. The Resilience Dialogues connects Community Leaders to a network of Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs) through an online platform to explore community-specific climate resilience questions, and identify next steps and resources to help local leaders move from dialogue to action. Resilience Dialogues SME alumni and newcomers alike will learn strategies and approaches that will improve their effectiveness as adaptation professionals both within the Resilience Dialogues and in other community engagement contexts.

Participants will:
Learn about the Resilience Dialogues process and platform, including principles, best practices, and lessons learned regarding community engagement in an online, asynchronous setting;
Reflect on and share experiences, expectations, and objectives for engaging with communities to build climate resilience; and
Use real-life scenarios from past dialogues to strengthen skills for responding to communities’ climate resilience questions

This training is open to all NAF participants; those who are interested in volunteering as a Resilience Dialogues SME, and those who have volunteered in the past, are particularly encouraged to attend.

Workshop Leaders:
Natalie Bennett
Brad Spangler
Rachel Jacobson

Presenters:
Juliana Lucchesi, City Planner, City of Mt Shasta
Patrick Marchman, Mitigation Champion, Resilience Action Partners
Justin Kates, Emergency Management Director, City of Nashua NH

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Co-organizers:

Natalie Bennett, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Brad Spangler, Meridian Institute