Exploring Together: Navigating Hybrid Engagement

Exploring Together:
Navigating Hybrid Engagement

Shared practices, tools, and policies

Exploring Together: Navigating Hybrid Engagement

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As the world enters a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are emerging into an era of flexible meeting experiences. Many municipalities and community engagement practitioners are interested in offering hybrid meetings with opportunities for both online and in-person public participation.

In the summer of 2021, MAPC launched "Exploring Together: Navigating Hybrid Engagement," a workshop series focused on shared practices and tools for hosting hosting meetings that bridge remote and in-person participation. We will explore meeting facilitation and design, technology needs, and current state law and policy debates that will impact municipal meeting policies.

Below, catch up on past workshops and sign up for future sessions.

For more information, visit MAPC's Community Engagement webpage. To receive emails about these workshops and more, sign up for the Community Engagement newsletter.

MAPC Hybrid Meetings Survey

We're working to develop recommendations for post-pandemic virtual and hybrid meetings. Your responses to this short survey will help us develop this guidance.

Session 1

Emerging Practices & Challenges

Wednesday, August 18 | 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We kicked off this four-part series with a workshop attended by 166 people. We heard from our municipal colleagues on what is working and what challenges they're facing while conducting hybrid meetings.

Speakers included:

  • MAPC's Community Engagement team
  • Leon Goodwin, Town Manager, Town of Dedham
  • Sarah MacDonald, Selectboard Member, Town of Dedham
  • Amanda Smith, Public Information Officer, Town of Dedham
  • Michelle Tyler, Planning Director, Town of Randolph
  • Alaa Abusalah, Citizen Participation Officer, City of Framingham

Upcoming Events in This Series

Session 2: Facilitation and Meeting Design

Wednesday, September 29
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Session 3: Technology and
Hybrid Meeting Tools

Wednesday, October 20
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Session 4: Policies and Open Meeting Law Updates

Wednesday, November 17
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hybrid Meeting Tools

Below, we're compiling a list of tools and technology that our partners from across the region are using to help host their hybrid events. MAPC hasn't tested many of these products and don't endorse any particular product or brand: we are providing this list to help our partners get started on their hybrid meeting research.

If you'd like to add something to this list, email communityengagement@mapc.org and let us know what it is!