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Introduction to CommunityMatters Workshop in Newport Vermont

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Introduction to CommunityMatters Workshop in Newport Vermont

  1. 1. COMMUNITYMATTERS –NEWPORT, VERMONTConnecting Citizens,Activating Change
  2. 2. Agenda 10:00 – 11:30 AM Introduction 11:30 – 12:15 PM Lunch…. Mmm! 12:15 – 1:45 PM Tools & Approaches 1 1:45 – 2:00 PM Break 2:00 – 3:30 PM Tools & Approaches 2 3:30 – 3:45 PM Break 3:45 – 4:30 PM Moving Forward 4:30 – 5:00 PM Closing
  3. 3. • Respect • Stay engaged• Actively listen • Personal stories stay• Help everyone get a in the group. chance to speak. • Speak for yourself,• Be concise and stay not for others. on topic. • It’s OK to disagree Agreements Agreements
  4. 4. The Context How have citizens* changed?  More educated  More skeptical  More connected  Less time * “citizens” = residents, people
  5. 5. The regular opportunities,activities, and arenas thatallow people to connect witheach other, solve problems,make decisions, and bepart of a community. Civic Infrastructure
  6. 6. WEAK Civic Infrastructure Lack of public spaces for citizens Image: Smart Growth America
  7. 7. WEAK Civic Infrastructure Grassroots groups that need help
  8. 8. WEAK Civic Infrastructure Three minutes at the microphone Retrieved from Cincinnati.com, July 27, 2012
  9. 9. WEAK Civic InfrastructureCommunity Public Administration Transportation munity Orgs Residents/Com Planning Orgs nthropy /NPO Advocacy/Phila Economic Development Owners Political Leadership /Property Developers Design & Construction Culture/Civic/Social Owners Facilities & Programming /Business Merchants
  10. 10. So what?
  11. 11. So what?
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  17. 17. Building Blocks 3. Democratic decision-making and problem-solving
  18. 18. 1. Democratic spaces in neighborhoods, schools and other settings2. Democratic spaces online3. Democratic spaces for young people4. Buildings that can house citizen spaces – physical hubs for engagement5. Engagement leadershipCreating Spaces for Citizens
  19. 19. Spaces for Citizens S :P PACES FOR CITIZENS HYSICAL SPACES Physical Spaces
  20. 20. Democratic Spaces for Young People Lee Krohn PhotoSpaces for Citizens
  21. 21. Spaces for Citizens Local Online Forums
  22. 22. 6. Public information dissemination 7. Engagement skills training 8. Tracking, measurement and technical assistance to improve engagementBuilding Skills & Capacity
  23. 23. Proactive RecruitmentCivic Skills & Capacity
  24. 24. Engagement Skills NGAGEMENT SKILLS TRAINING CIVIC SKILLS: E TrainingCivic Skills & Capacity
  25. 25. Civic Skills & Capacity
  26. 26. Civic Skills & CapacityGrassrootsGrantmaking
  27. 27. Community IndicatorsCivic Skills & Capacity
  28. 28. 9. Official public meetings that are more participatory and effective 10. Recurring deliberative processes on key issues and decisions 11. Systems that encourage innovation by citizens 12. Cross-sector problem- solving teamsDemocratic Decision-Making andProblem-Solving
  29. 29. ParticipationOrdinanceChanging Public Meetings
  30. 30. Decision-Making & Problem-Solving “Sometimes you need a meeting that is also a party. Sometimes you need a party that is also a meeting.” Gloria Rubio-Cortès, National Civic League
  31. 31. How We Can Help
  32. 32. Questions or Comments?
  33. 33. Describing Newport
  34. 34. Strengths & Assets
  35. 35. Challenges
  36. 36. Shared Values & Sense of Place Community services equally accessible to all Environmental, economic, social issues considered in planning Community cooperates with neighboring communities Community has an optimistic spirit
  37. 37. People are willingComing Together to work together Collaborative projects are encouraged and respected High level of trust between individuals and groups in the community Sufficient gathering places for informal social interaction

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