Based on NCDD’s Core Principles of Public Engagement, the hand-out material at NCDD 2010 Austin includes this tongue-in-cheek list of things not to do:

  • Do everything at the last minute
  • Gather the people that are easiest to gather
  • My way or the highway
  • Trust us — We know how to solve this
  • Keep your cards close to your chest
  • Don’t expect to make a difference
  • Work in silos and ignore those who don’t vote

Works like a charm all the time.