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Digital Discovery Series

Welcome to the Digital Discovery Workshop Series

Digital engagement tools are rapidly becoming essential for public participation. Susanna Haas Lyons is back with another season of the highly popular Digital Discovery Series. This six-part series of workshops is your opportunity to discover digital tools and the many ways they can apply to public engagement.

What to Expect?

  • Hear lessons learned from practitioners and ask questions.
  • Gain an understanding of best practices, pain points and tips for application.
  • Each session covers a distinct, essential tool for today's rapidly changing public engagement context.

Bundle & Save

Take advantage of this special "six-pack": choose all six of the Digital Discovery Series workshops for $100.00 for IAP2 members, or $175 for non-members -- register for five, and get one free! Register for the six-pack or for each session. 

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Check out the 2022-2023 season of workshops!

Making Simple and Engaging Videos (November 30, 2022)

In the age of YouTube, Livestreams, and Tik Tok, video content is king. This session will introduce simple-to-use tools to help you make impactful videos. Hear from engagement practitioners on how you can use video to introduce a public participation project, provide accessible background information, build interest and awareness, and report back on what you’ve accomplished.


Collaborating During Hybrid P2 Events (January 25, 2023)

Beyond the audio and video set-up for hybrid events, how do we effectively collaborate among in-person and online participants? This workshop will let you explore tools that capture ideas, preferences, and support collaboration during hybrid events. Hear lessons learned from practitioners who are hosting hybrid public participation.


Enhancing Digital Accessibility: Sight, Sound and More (February 22, 2023)

Improving digital usability for people with disabilities is critical for inclusion, and provides a better user experience for everyone. Learn what it looks like to apply an accessibility-first mindset in digital P2. Participants will leave with actionable tips to make accessibility improvements right away.


Artificial Intelligence and Public Participation (March 29, 2023)

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the field of public participation, particularly for making sense of large amounts of participant input. What can we learn from this opportunity? How do we navigate potential A.I. pitfalls such as bias, privacy breaches, or unethical outcomes?

Join Susanna Haas Lyons and panelists on March 29, 2023.


Beyond Zoom and Teams: Interactive Video Meeting Tools (April 26, 2023)

"Zoom fatigue" is real. Fortunately, there are video meeting tools expressly built to address technology overload and low energy among participants. Learn about virtual meeting environments designed for interaction, and explore how they differ from the generalist platforms that so many of us use.


Facebook for Public Participation (May 31, 2023)

With interactive posts, live streaming, advertising, videos, and more - Facebook has a lot of potential to support public participation, but it is hard to do it well. Learn from power users about how to get your engagement content seen by your desired participants. Hear about innovative approaches and learn how to measure your impact.


What Past Participants Have To Say!

"I really enjoyed these practical workshops. I could use what I learned right away."

"I found all of these extremely informative, the presenters and Susanna were all wonderful with great examples, and I liked the bite size format of 1.5 hours."

"I like this approach to learning, small digestible chunks that are tool based are extremely valuable."

About the Instructor

Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.,is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers. She has about 20 years' international leadership experience in designing, facilitating, managing and evaluating complex civic engagement efforts.

Susanna is an instructor with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)as well as a post-secondary instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program and the Justice Institute of BC’s Centre for Leadership. Her courses cover topics such as deliberative dialogue, digital engagement, evaluation, large scale engagement and more. 

For more information, visit susannahaaslyons.com or follow her on Twitter @zannalyons.

New to the Digital Discovery Series?

If you're not sure what the Digital Discovery Series is all about, check out this workshop from last season, "Instagram and P2".

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