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Engaging with the Community: 6 Ways to Avoid the Same Old Discussion in Public Meetings
20 December 2016 |
[PHOTO CREDIT]: Genevieve Yee
Citizens take to the microphone to voice their concerns or support for the Chauncey project in a packed City Hall meeting.
To help communities collectively take action on the issues that confront them, local leaders need to ensure that citizens are able to break free of old discussions that always ended up with individuals finding fault and blaming somone or something. Instead, citizens should be able to interact with each other in ways that produce new ideas and better solutions to problems.
These important components from How Civic Engagement Transforms Community Relationships will help citizens have productive discussions:
One word of caution: it is impossible to have productive discussions when trying to control the outcome. Unfortunately, this behavior has been built on the misconception that city managers should always be in control.
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