by Valerie Delaney, Principal, Learning + Engagement A painted rock on our beach trail says, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” I don’t know if I believe this entirely because a comfort zone can be a good place to rest and reflect a bit, but there is definitely a […]
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by Valerie Delaney, Principal, Learning + Development We have just completed our fourth Delaney Virtual Academy for the iap2 Planning course, with a sold-out course set to begin September 14. The whole Delaney team – training specialists and engagement specialists alike – have been working hard. From designing our new Virtual Academy registration materials, updating […]
Polarization. Confirmation bias. Fake news. What does it mean to be a neutral, third-party engagement practitioner and facilitator in the modern environment of declining trust in officials and institutions and rising credence in social influencers and click bait? This important question was explored at “Prevent Truth Decay”, one of the many excellent workshops and learning […]
This is the final installment in our blog series about the National Charrette Institute (NCI) certificate program. Click here for our Day 1 blog, about getting ready to engage, and here for our Day 2 blog, about the power of the charrette technique. When was the last time you allowed yourself to be completely immersed […]
I had the opportunity to attend the Putting Patients First conference this week, hosted by the BC SUPPORT Unit, which is hard at work creating infrastructure and supports around patient-oriented health research. It was a thought-provoking day, and I found it valuable to hear thoughts on patient-oriented research from the researchers’ perspective. As the […]
Delaney + Associates is excited to host the National Charrette Institute in Vancouver Nov. 14-16 to deliver its certificate training program. The 2.5-day, public course is open to everyone – register here. As we anticipate this highly-applicable training, we’re exploring the details of this unique technique. The context: Traditionally used in community planning, urban planning […]
The context: In engagement processes that involve group problem-solving and future planning, it can be easy for participants – and engagement practitioners and facilitators, for that matter – to get bogged down in discussing what’s wrong about the current situation. We can end up spending a lot of time complaining about what’s broken, instead of […]
We hope you have enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas blog series, exploring our top 10 engagement principles. Thanks for following along the last couple of weeks! Today’s final entry is all about passing on our warmest wishes for the holiday season to you and your loved ones. For us, this time of year is […]
This is part of an ongoing series exploring Delaney + Associates’ top 10 engagement tips, also known as our Company Creed. Check out Day 1 here. Today’s principle seems pretty simple: Never Guess. This is along the lines of “never assume, because when you assume you make an…” Well, you know the rest. What does […]