Just wondering if folks would like to share thoughts on what are some of the best and worst methods for running public consultation events. For instance, I've been to some workshops where participants were forbidden from holding the microphone when asking questions / making comments - a staff person held if for them, like a reporter giving an interview. To me, this seems to go against the spirit of asking the public to participate in a planning process as it implies that they're aren't to be trusted to hold a mic on their own, in case their comments are too long winded, incendiary, etc.
What would you say if this happened at a public meeting you attended? What would your reaction be?