Public Engagement Projects (PEP) is a Wellington-based consultancy that works with the public and private sectors to improve organisational performance by building “architectures of listening”.

Its partners, John Pennington and Simon Wright, have a track record of innovative and internationally recognised projects. Their approach is based on findings from the social sciences, decision making, collaboration, public engagement and online participation as well as their experience.

The video and reports listed below have been selected to showcase their work.


Reports and papers

Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council

John and Simon gained a lot of their knowledge and experience about dialogue and deliberation while working in the secretariat of Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council, which was established in 2002 in response to a recommendation of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. The Council was required to promote and participate in public dialogue about the cultural, ethical and spiritual issues raise by new form of biotechnology. For further information about Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics Council, click here to access its archived website. The Council was disestablished in 2009 against the wishes on an number of major organisations including the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches.