Ken Ryan – Swimming With Sharks

2016 APA

October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Navigating the community outreach process can often be unpredictable and dangerous and no one wants to swim with sharks. However, for those who by virtue of their occupation or a particularly controversial project find themselves in shark-infested waters, it’s important to be mindful of helpful instructions in order to survive. This panel will offer an entertaining and knowledgeable session on how to fend off sharks, gain consensus, work successfully with stakeholders, city officials, and community members while achieving your planning goals. An interactive topical discussion will be utilized, allowing for involved panel and audience participation throughout the session.  Turning Point technology will engage the audience, utilizing electronic handheld voting devices for collecting real-world opinions and data.  Participants will be asked to respond to questions and the results will be tabulated instantaneously and shown on the video screen.  This is a fun and interesting way to get attendees involved in the discussion, including those who typically prefer to remain silent, while demonstrating an effective community outreach tool.