7/15/13 Reports, Tweets, and Testimonials

Moderator Reports


Group 1

Most of the conversation around Approach #1 was mixed – that is to say, very little was said by the group that was a clear positive or clear negative of the approach. The first bit of discussion centered around nostalgia, then several points were brought up as having inherent tensions or both positive and negative aspects. Read full report

Group 2

When asked what brought you to the forum, responses included: approaches to deal with super storms like Sandy, enjoys the shore, learn what citizens are saying to provide insights to advance work, proponents of a regional approach, what should we be doing, systems engineer looking for potential project work, concerned citizen because of manmade problems and environmental issues, has family and friends who go down to the shore. Read full report

Group 3

This was a highly engaged group with passion and commitment to the deliberative process as outlined for them. They inquired to seek further clarity and stayed focus on building on others’ comments. There were a number of people who would be deemed experts, and engaged in a way that was respectful of the entire group. Read full report

Group 4

This group was very thoughtful, at times philosophical. They listened to one another and responded to one another’s comments and questions. They were interested in learning from others’ technical knowledge base. They related to the three approaches as points on a continuum, and were inclined to see merit in some aspects of each approach. Read full report 


Live tweets from the forum

On Monday evening, WHYY held the first of five summer forums inviting community members to share their concerns, questions, and ideas about how the New Jersey shore should be rebuilt.  read more


Wailing Wall notes

The question over just how New Jersey’s shore should rebuild is still very much alive. Although many of the boardwalks have been rebuilt and dunes are being built up, many homeowners have not decided whether to rebuild or retreat. Read more


Video Testimonials


Vivek Anant

hanMark Asher

Laura Murphy

Doug O’Malley

Roy Rogers

David Scott 

Richard Whiteford


Rethinking the Shore forum zeroes in on better planning, leadership

It was a night for expressing hopes, and the skepticism that undermines them. About 60 people gathered at WHYY Monday night for the first event in our summer-long civic dialogue project: “Ready for Next Time? Rethinking the Shore After Sandy.” The group divided into four smaller breakout sessions, each led by a moderator from the Penn Project for Civic Engagement and using an issue guide we prepared. Read more




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