Civic reflection discussions can help us talk more comfortably about values, think more deeply about choices, and respond more imaginatively to the needs of our communities.The discussions revolve around a short, thought provoking reading and gradually opens up in larger questions about civic engagement. By stepping back and talking together participants gain a richer connection to one another and to the important tasks of civic life.
The readings are a tool that provoke participants to think about their own beliefs and give everyone in the room something in common.Readings also provide vivid images and narratives that help participants talk in clear ways about complex ideas. Lastly readings are SAFE they can be disagreed with, challenged, even mocked, and they cannot be hurt
Clarity about self-People leave civic reflection discussions with an increase on self understanding a better sense of their beliefs, expectations, limitations, and motivations.Community with others-People leave civic reflection discussions feeling renewed with a refined and refreshed understanding of why civic work matters.The more we think and talk with each other the more committed and energetic we become.
By: Christal Satchell“Civic reflection is the perfect approach to discussing issuesthat matter to people engaged in civic activities”
What is Civic Reflection?Civic reflection refers to any activity that engages people in thinking carefully about their civic choices and commitments.
Questions to ask yourself Why do we serve? To whom should we give (our services to)? What is community? What is good leadership? What change do we seek? What do we really expect of those whom we serve? Take time to think about why you do what you do…hold that thought, we will visit it later.
Civic ReflectionWhat’s the point?When you look at your life, what do you hold most valuable?