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Pre-Conference Workshops 

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky


(Open to conference registrants, space limited)

Sunday, July 19

Creating a Culture of Effective Public Engagement in Local communities:  An Experiential Workshop

Presented by Bill Rizzo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Extension and Eric Giordano, PhD.,  Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wausau, WI

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Fee: $50

What happens when community leaders fail to effectively engage the public when facing importantand contentious issues?  How do elected leaders think about public engagement? How do they ‘do’ it?  What opportunity and transaction costs arise from failing to involve the public in makingimportant decisions about public issues?  Why does it seem that good information and education does not always equate to good decision-­‐making, either among elected officials or the public?  Our workshop will address these and other tough questions and provide participants with practical toolsand processes that local officials and the public—and those who work with either group—can use to make a difference in how public issues are addressedlocally.

Capturing the Essence of Community through Participatory Photography

Presented by Kim Walker, Community and Environment

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $50

We live in a visually saturated world; and yet, photographic images continue to profoundly influence the public conscience as demonstrated through the works of photojournalism, documentary photography, and advocacy campaigns. Participatory photography adds an interesting twist by putting the camera into the hands of community members - youth, immigrants, women, etc – to communicate how they understand, experience, and interact with their world.  This hands-on workshop will introduce participatory photography methods to aid in capturing, validating and sharing diverse life experiences within a given community.  Registration fee includes refreshments.


Tobacco, Bourbon and Beer:  A Visceral Community Development Experience

Led by Marcus Hollan, University of Kentucky

10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Fee:  $65 (includes lunch and tastings)

Tobacco, Bourbon, and Beer have often been noted at the “3 Deadly Sins” of Kentucky. Through the lens of community development, you will experience these as opportunities and assets for community identity and economic development. We will explore these three industries and the pivotal role they play in  the economy and the vitality and health of the community. We will see, feel and taste what it means to build on local assets and develop a sense of community identity. Come discover how these three industries have enhanced economic development and insight on how to apply the concepts to in our own community. This tour will also serve those who are working with economic tourism trails.

The Status Quo and Future of Community Development in Colleges and Universities

Discussion Led by John Stansfield (UNITEC- New Zealand; Bjorn Peterson (Arizona State University); Ron Hustedde (University of Kentucky)

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Fee:  $15

The purpose of this workshop is to begin the discussion around key questions:  What is the purpose of community development education?  What is the core content that is currently being taught in undergraduate or graduate programs?  What are the core values that are integrated into educational programs?  What needs to be changed in community development education ?  What are the venues that exist or need to be created to enhance the influence of community development education at the national or global level?  It is anticipated that this workshop will lead to a new coalition of community development educators who will exchange ideas, write grants and pursue other forms of action that will impact the direction of the field.

Grassroots Comics:  A Development Communication Tool

Presented by Sharad Sharma, World Comics India

Fee:  $60

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Grassroots comics are simply comics that tell a local story. They are a communication tool for all citizens that can transcend the barriers of language, literacy, media access and social classes or even castes. For these reasons, grassroots comics have been extremely successful in remote and conflict areas of India and the Indian subcontinent, but the accommodating format of this visual medium has led to its spread worldwide.  Join us to understand the power of this community media called Grassroots Comics.

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