• Respect other people, their ideas and opinions• Actively listen – don’t interrupt or talk over others.• Help everyone get a chance to speak.• Be concise and stay on topic.• Stay engaged - no side conversations; turn of cellphones.• Personal stories stay in the group.• Speak for yourself, not for others.• It’s OK to disagree, but don’t make it personal.• These are everybody’s agreements and it’s up to each of you that they’re followed.
You might be thinking “so what?”
Take Rochester, VT. Hurricane Irene cut Rochester off completely from the outside world and washed away much of the town’s physical infrastructure – homes, bridges, roads, power lines, and even the cemetery.
But because the town had a strong civic infrastructure, residents had soon built their own makeshift roads and bridges, identified neighbors who needed everything from medicine to diapers, and constructed new ATV routes over the mountains to go and get the help the community needed.
Newport Main Street… Newport’s form-based code is a good example of the community coming together to define what it wants and take control of the way future development will make the town look and feel.
Park(ing) Day – Newport has done this for several years now.
Photo of the Manchester, VT Youth Commission. Manchester appointed high school students to each of its town boards and commissions – mostly as full voting members.
Map community networks; Involve leaders of those networks;‘Who is least likely to participate?’Use online as well as f2f connections;Follow up
No more than 12 people per group; Facilitator who is impartial (doesn’t give opinions); Start with people describing their experiences;Lay out options; Help people plan for action.
Sometimes this means action by citizens that is seeded by gov’t with small grants
Don’t forget fun!
We’ve given you a taste of what civic infrastructure is and what it can do for your community. This afternoon, each of the CommunityMatters partners will dive into a signature dish… we each specialize in building different aspects of civic infrastructure….
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Three words, phrases or adjectives that best describe Newport
What are the three greatest strengths or assets that help Newport deal with growth and change?
The Community Shares a Sense of Place and values
The community has the ability and experience of coming together around community-wide goals
Introduction to CommunityMatters Workshop in Newport Vermont
• 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
The Context How have citizens* changed? More educated More skeptical More connected Less time * “citizens” = residents, people
The regular opportunities,activities, and arenas thatallow people to connect witheach other, solve problems,make decisions, and bepart of a community. Civic Infrastructure
WEAK Civic Infrastructure Lack of public spaces for citizens Image: Smart Growth America
WEAK Civic Infrastructure Grassroots groups that need help
WEAK Civic Infrastructure Three minutes at the microphone Retrieved from Cincinnati.com, July 27, 2012
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
Building Blocks 3. Democratic decision-making and problem-solving
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
Spaces for Citizens S :P PACES FOR CITIZENS HYSICAL SPACES Physical Spaces
Democratic Spaces for Young People Lee Krohn PhotoSpaces for Citizens
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
ParticipationOrdinanceChanging Public Meetings
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
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
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