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Webinar: Dealing with Contentious Public Issues

Webinar: Dealing with Contentious Public Issues

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In this session, hosted by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and presented by Penn State Extension's Walt Whitmer, we’ll explore the changing landscape of contentious issues, how this evolving landscape affects our work, and some of the strategies available to us to navigate this new environment, regardless of program area or expertise. We’ll also discuss some of the tools and professional development resources available for dealing with controversial issues, improving stakeholder engagement, and helping the groups we work with build the long-term capacity they need to survive (and thrive) in these challenging times.

About the Speaker: Walt Whitmer is Senior Extension Educator with Penn State Extension in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. He is responsible for statewide educational programs and research in the area of Economic and Community Development. His areas of expertise include community engagement, community decision-making, economic development, organizational development, program evaluation, survey development, conflict management, grant-writing and facilitation. Walt also serves on a range of local and state non-profit boards and holds a number of leadership positions within Penn State as well as nationally.

The webinar will be recorded and a link will be posted to the NERCRD website when it becomes available.

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