Co-Director Sprain facilitates the community group.

Research Fellow Reinig stands in from of the graphic recording created during discussions.

Research Fellow Reinig and Brenda Ritenour, neighborhood liaison for the city of Boulder, present on the Building Bridges collaboration.

Published: Dec. 20, 2018

Throughout fall 2018, Co-Director Sprain and Research Fellow Reinig have worked with City of Boulder staff and a small group of community members to develop a vision for productive civic discourse in Boulder.

Phase II of Building Bridges has seen the community group working with insights and materials generated through the phase I design workshops to refine draft norms and map enduring issues, which, in turn, will shape innovative and ongoing public engagement capacity building efforts across the city.

The Building Bridges project was highlighted in two recent presentations.  Reinig and Brenda Ritenour, city of Boulder’s neighborhood liaison, presented a workshop entitled, “Building Bridges: A Community Collaboration for Culture Change” at the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation conference.  Lydia and Brenda also presented a session at CU’s fall 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Summit entitled, “Building Bridges: A CU and City of Boulder Collaboration for Civic Communication.” Both presentations highlighted the CDE’s ongoing collaboration with the city of Boulder to shift the culture of public engagement.