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Building Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to Catalyze Governance Innovations

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20005 USA (map)

Launching governance innovations and making them stick requires creativity, persistence, and a robust model for thinking about how multi-stakeholder dynamics work, how to navigate conflict, and how to catalyze collective action. Come for an introduction to principles for building effective multi-stakeholder dialogue, and share the challenges you or your organization face. Suitable for practitioners working on any dimension of civil society engagement, public policy, and governance reform.

Some questions that will be addressed:

- What are the key challenges your organization faces in building or sustaining multi-stakeholder platforms?
- How do you effectively negotiate among competing objectives in building partnerships among civil society organizations and government at different levels?
- What strategies work to connect learning and insights from local governance innovations to influence policy reform at national or regional scales?



Blake Ratner is Executive Director of Collaborating for Resilience, a cross-regional initiative working to address environmental resource competition and strengthen governance and livelihood resilience in interconnected resource domains and landscapes. Blake also serves as a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) where he provides guidance on the design of GEF strategy in the areas of international waters, environmental security, and resilience. He is the immediate past Director General of WorldFish, which works to strengthen food and nutrition security for millions of small-scale producers, processors, traders, and poor consumers in South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. An environmental sociologist with a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Blake is widely published on social equity, ethics, resource conflict, and the role of multi-stakeholder dialogue in environmental governance.