Mujeres de la Tierra is offering Solutions Learning Labs – a group of three interactive communications lab sessions for both public and private sector decision-makers who plan to undertake projects in traditionally labeled “underserved,” “disadvantaged” or “minority communities” on topics related to water and the drought, renewable energy and open space and parks.
Our first Solutions Learning Lab focused on water and the drought is scheduled for late September. Each topic consists of full day sessions involving intensive field sessions and active planning exercises, which will be evaluated by active local residents. Participants will be involved in real planning experiences to harness community engagement, and learn the fundamentals of incorporating them into real plans and projects.
Why Solutions Learning Labs? Traditional “minority outreach” models, given current demographic realities and trends, are increasingly proving ineffective, a waste of resources, and obsolete.
Through Mujeres’ active learning experiences professionals and civic leaders responsible for public engagement will witness how traditional outreach approaches and strategies are perceived by specific population targets and grasp how demographic and generational factors are changing the social and political landscape.
New engagement practices must account for the economic and educational aspirations of residents mixed with an area’s predominant language, infrastructure and institutional limitations and conditions.
Residents of communities like East Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, South & Central LA, Echo Park, Baldwin Hills and Koreatown have their own aspirations and vision on issues related to water and drought, renewable energy and open space and parks. Mujeres de La Tierra is uniquely positioned to lend its insight after helping to lead efforts that led to highly acclaimed engagement of neighborhoods along the banks of the Los Angeles River, the San Gabriel River and communities in South Pasadena, Baldwin Hills, El Monte, Culver City, Reseda, Lincoln Heights and Canoga Park.
Solutions Learning Lab is for:
- Executives and civic leaders who want to establish criteria in the hiring of public relations professionals,
- Outreach professionals looking for new insight in conducting their work,
- Public officials and business branch leaders looking to establish good outreach practices in areas and neighborhoods that were previously ignored and
- Agency officials and regulators, and company compliance officers finding that they need new levels of public input.
Solutions Learning Lab Participant: If you wish to participate in a solutions lab exercise, please click on the Water and Drought Solutions Learning Lab tab above.