BRIGHT SPOTS INCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTwith support from
Some U.S. communities are building greater civic participationfrom the bottom up. Analysis of 14 U.S. Cities and deeper ca...
• The best examples change policyand unite diverse groups• The more segments of the communityyou involve the greater the b...
These bright spots have started movements to foster attachment,expand information access and motivate people to play a lar...
Photo credit: Detroit KivaEngage peoplearound communitychallenges andproblem-solvingDetroit: Kiva Detroit is focused oneco...
Photo credit: flickr.com/GroundworkCDSPlan programs toinvolve a broadspectrum of people,including thehard-to-reach.Chicago:...
Photo credit: flickr.com/Kara La FleurUse new tools andstrategies that tapinto the power oftechnology.Philadelphia: Embarke...
Photo credit: flickr.com/austintexasgovFocus on sustainableefforts that use arange of strategies.Austin: Imagine Austin defi...
• Use open data to engage residents and improve lives• Unite different sectors (i.e. government and tech)for innovative pr...
SUMMING UP: WAYS TOTACKLE CHALLENGES• Achieving scale: create strong networks to reshapeinstitutions and systems.• Reconci...
BRIGHT SPOTS INCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTwith support fromknightfoundation.org | @knightfdnnlc.org | @leagueofcitiesPhoto credit...
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  1. 1. BRIGHT SPOTS INCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTwith support from
  2. 2. Some U.S. communities are building greater civic participationfrom the bottom up. Analysis of 14 U.S. Cities and deeper casestudies of four reveal successes and challenges in creatingcommunity bright spots.OVERVIEW:Photo credit: Knight Foundation
  3. 3. • The best examples change policyand unite diverse groups• The more segments of the communityyou involve the greater the benefits• New tools, especially tech tools, arekey to drawing in a range of citizens• Sustained engagement translatesinto economic gains• Biggest challenges: scaling andsustaining best practiceKEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SCANSOF 14 CITIES:Photo credit: flickr.com/alexknowshtml
  4. 4. These bright spots have started movements to foster attachment,expand information access and motivate people to play a largerrole in their communities.• Philadelphia, PA• St. Paul, MN• Austin, TX• Boston, MA• Charlotte, NC• Chicago, IL• Hampton, VA• Richmond, VA• Hartford, CT• Macon, GA• Decatur, GA• San Jose, CA• Akron, OH• Detroit, MI
  5. 5. Photo credit: Detroit KivaEngage peoplearound communitychallenges andproblem-solvingDetroit: Kiva Detroit is focused oneconomic development in low-incomeneighborhoods.LESSON #1
  6. 6. Photo credit: flickr.com/GroundworkCDSPlan programs toinvolve a broadspectrum of people,including thehard-to-reach.Chicago: The city’s 49th wardengaged a broad and diverseaudience in policy decisions relatedto participatory budgeting.LESSON #2
  7. 7. Photo credit: flickr.com/Kara La FleurUse new tools andstrategies that tapinto the power oftechnology.Philadelphia: Embarked on an opendata initiative by engaging a civicallyminded tech community to help citydevelopment efforts.LESSON #3
  8. 8. Photo credit: flickr.com/austintexasgovFocus on sustainableefforts that use arange of strategies.Austin: Imagine Austin defines a visionand framework for all residents to growand develop the city using in-personand online tools and strategies.LESSON #4
  9. 9. • Use open data to engage residents and improve lives• Unite different sectors (i.e. government and tech)for innovative problem solving• Use city visioning and strategic planning as a traditionalbut useful way to engage lots of people – for a short time• Employ participatory budgeting to engage communities• Equip people to participate toward sustainability,i.e. developing leadership or parenting skillsSUMMING UP: KEY TOOLS ANDTACTICS FOR BUILDING BRIGHT SPOTSPhoto credit: Crossroads Charlotte
  10. 10. SUMMING UP: WAYS TOTACKLE CHALLENGES• Achieving scale: create strong networks to reshapeinstitutions and systems.• Reconciling community divisions: mix available tools(including tech) to chart new paths• Responding to change: develop built-in plans for adaptingand implementing initiatives beyond leadership transitionsPhoto credit: Knight Foundation
  11. 11. BRIGHT SPOTS INCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTwith support fromknightfoundation.org | @knightfdnnlc.org | @leagueofcitiesPhoto credit: flickr.com/DetroitWorksLongTerm

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