Civic engagement is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. Often, the only way pressing problems can be solved is through partnerships with the public, which include businesses, faith-based organizations, homeowners associations, philanthropic agencies, service clubs, and the education community. They are a local government’s best allies and partners.
This InFocus report addresses civic engagement initiated by a city or county government with its residents and provides useful information for local government staff to better understand the benefits, challenges, and necessary skills for effective civic engagement. Download this InFocus report to find out:
- What civic engagement is…and what it is not
- How cities can benefit from civic engagement
- Why civic engagement can be difficult and why some people resist
- What levels of civic engagement will work for you
- How to suggest new roles for staff, council members, and residents
- Tips, advice, and case studies of successful civic engagement events.
About the Author:
Ed Everett is a community engagement consultant/facilitator and senior fellow at Davenport Institute of Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. Recently retired as the city manager of Redwood City, California, after sixteen years, he was awarded ICMA’s highest award, “Award for Career Excellence” in 2007.
(2011, vol. 43, no. 4)