Capacity-based approaches to civic engagement for colleges and universitiesPresentation Transcript
Capacity-Based Approaches to Civic Engagement for Colleges and Universities John Hamerlinck, Associate Director Minnesota Campus Compact [email_address]
Civic Engagement: Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern
Asset-Based: discovers gifts & talents in the community right now
Internally-Focused: Relies on community’s strengths, not on outside resources
Relationship-Driven: Seeks to connect local people, associations and institutions
We all have assets and deficits .
Focus on deficiencies
People are consumers of services
Residents observe as issues are being addressed
Focus on effectiveness
People are producers
Residents participate and are empowered
A capacity-based approach . . .
reinforces core principles of social justice and equity;
develops respect for community and its individuals;
helps shift from a charity to an investment model; and
shifts from research-driven and funder-driven, to community-driven outcomes.
Public, private, nonprofit
Buildings, natural assets
Financial transactions and other exchanges
Associations & Institutions
DEMOCRACY = VOTING + ASSOCIATIONS
Is Democracy the Goal? Nations with Strong Institutions & Weak Associations . . .
What can campuses do?
What skills, gifts, talents, etc. do individuals, associations and institutions bring to the table?
Connect these “assets”
Help to identify low hanging fruit and “strange bedfellows”
Support an association of associations
Expand civic space
Put a community lens on every aspect of the school’s business
Vision Skills Incentives Resources Action Plan Change = Adapted from Knoster, T. (1991) Presentation at TASH Conference, Washington DC (Adapted by Knoster from Enterprise Group Ltd.)
Adapted from Knoster, T. (1991) Presentation at TASH Conference, Washington DC (Adapted by Knoster from Enterprise Group Ltd.) Skills Incentives Resources Action Plan Confusion = Vision Incentives Resources Action Plan Anxiety = Vision Skills Resources Action Plan Resistance = Vision Skills Incentives Action Plan Frustration = Vision Skills Incentives Resources Treadmill =