Planning for stronger local democracy pace webinar


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  • The DDC network includes practitioner organizations, operating foundations, and academic researchers Lakewood story? ED joke?
  • This is the challenge – and opportunity – we all face, no matter what kinds of organizations we lead or belong to
  • Refer to Using Online Tools guide
  • Then go back two slides to the challenges
  • Show movie here Systems, not just tools
  • Refer to spectrum
  • work in Frogtown and Cedar-Riverside
  • Planning for stronger local democracy pace webinar

    1. 1. Planning for Stronger Local Democracy PACE webinar March 22, 2012
    2. 2. The Deliberative Democracy Consortium
    3. 3. Slides available Guides:
    4. 4. The context:How have citizens* changed? More educated More skeptical – different attitudes toward authority Have less time to spare Use the Internet to learn and connect* “citizens” = residents, people
    5. 5. The context:Families with young children Have the most at stake in community success Parents have even more motivation to engage, but even less time, than average resident Want opportunities to engage in community, not just politics
    6. 6. Successful recent public engagement tactics Proactive about recruitment Bringing diverse perspectives together Sharing experiences Giving people chance to make up their own minds (deliberative) Different levels of action: volunteers, teams, organizations, policy decisions Increasing use of online tools
    7. 7. Successful tactic: Online tools Complement face-to-face communication, don’t replace it Particularly good for: o Providing background information o Data gathering by citizens o Generating and ranking ideas o Helping people visualize options o Maintaining connections over time
    8. 8. Digital divides (plural) Overall, Internet access growing “Access” – to Internet, to government – has never been enough Different people use different hardware Different people go to different places on the Internet Communities just as complex online as off – recruitment must be proactive
    9. 9. In other (fewer) words, the key success factors are:  Diverse critical mass  Structured  Deliberative  Action-oriented  Online and F2F
    10. 10. Successes, limitations of engagement so farWhy do it: Make a decision or plan in a reasonable way Get more people working on the issue Build trustSuccesses: When done well, meets all three goals above Gives new leaders a chance to step forwardChallenges: Takes lots of time (especially recruitment) Hard to sustain (not designed to be sustained) May meet goals of ‘engagers,’ but not ‘engaged’ Doesn’t often change the institutions Trust, relationships fade over time
    11. 11. Why plan for more sustainable kinds of engagement?• Sustain the benefits• Allow the ‘engaged’ to set the agenda• Better address inequities• Increase community attachment and economic growth• Increase residents’ sense of legitimacy and “public happiness”
    12. 12. Need more sustained, holistic forms ofengagement - regular, structured, enjoyableopportunities that enable people to: Connect with other people (particularlypeople who are different from themselves) Feel like they belong to a community thatvalues their voices and contributions Bring their concerns and priorities to the table(they help shape the agenda) Participate in governance (they have asay/hand in decision-making and problem-solving)
    13. 13. Social media is a critical tool for new forms of engagement  More sustained  Larger, more diverse numbers of people  Easier for ‘engagers’ – recruitment doesn’t have to start from scratch  More open to ideas from the ‘engaged’
    14. 14. Community engagement planners should consider some key building blocks::
    15. 15. Resources••••••• On Facebook: “Deliberative Democracy Consortium” group page• The Next Form of Democracy
    16. 16. Resources (continued)• On YouTube: the DDC channel• Using Online Tools to Engage – and Be Engaged by – the Public at• Planning for Stronger Local Democracy at – and other resources at