NLC - Latest tools for strengthening local democracy
Latest Tools for Strengthening Local Democracy:From Model Ordinances to Online Games NLC Congress of Cities Leadership Training Institute Boston, MA November 28, 2012
Agenda Introductions and overview Discussion: What is one strategy or principle that seems to work for you when you do public engagement? Better legal frameworks for participation Break Games and online engagement Planning for stronger local democracy
What questions are we trying to answer? How can we make public discourse more civil? How can we make public discourse more fun? How can we make public discourse more productive?
Making public discourse productive: What are the tried-and-true tactics? Recruit a diverse critical mass of people Good information Structured discussions Deliberative (range of views) Action-oriented Online and f2f
Strengths of quality public engagementGood for: Making policy decisions, plans Catalyzing citizen action Building trust Fostering new leadership
Limitations of quality public engagement (as we practice it today) Lots of work for temporary gain Inefficient – every organization on its own Community moves back to ‘politics as usual’ ‘Engagers’ set the agenda, not the ‘engaged’ Limited impact on equity Trust, relationships fade Laws on participation out of step with practices