We believe in the fundamental value of dialogue and know that all civic decisions are improved by input from those most affected, from those both within and outside of the existing power structure, and from those with unique knowledge and expertise to contribute.
Since its founding, the Lee Institute has specialized in public engagement efforts that bring community voices into complex processes, showing respect to participants and producing actionable, clear data for our clients to use in their decision-making efforts.
We are experienced in convening and facilitating community initiatives, and are fair experts at “holding the process” for public/private partnerships that make it possible for members to do their boldest, most collaborative, and most strategic thinking.
We have convened corporate CEOs, educators, health care providers, residents from communities across all income brackets, nonprofit leaders and staff, elected officials, and students—all carefully crafted to imbue innovative, authentic contributions to the projects we work on.
Our community-building and civic engagement work includes task forces, focus groups, town halls, public forums, interviews, workshops, charrettes, online engagement, and citizen advisory committees. Projects may last for one day or a year or more.