Eau Claire WI<br />Civic Action Teams<br />     Building the Civic Problem-Solving Capacity of Community Residents<br />Mi...
Local Governance Crisis<br />Wicked problems<br />Lack of political will<br />Declining civic problem-solving<br />“The bi...
Declining Civic Problem-Solving<br />Fragmented institutional decision-making<br />Citizens’ loss of effective problem-sol...
Clear Vision Eau Claire<br /><ul><li>2007 citizen visioning initiative
$40,000 jointly funded
Facilitated by National Civic League
Partner w/Ctr. for Democracy/Citizenship
6 performance goals/125 priority actions
Civic engagement as core strategy
Civic organizing framework</li></li></ul><li>Clear Vision Action Report July 2008<br />Civic Engagement<br />Individual an...
Civic Organizing<br />A framework for integrating active citizenship into everyday environments to solve public problems a...
Key Characteristics<br />Emphasizes conceptual/reflective thinking<br />Redefines core civic concepts<br />Teaches civic p...
Civic Concepts<br />Power<br />Politics<br />Public work<br />Public life<br />Self interest<br />Diversity<br />Mediating...
Civic Problem-Solving Skills<br />One-on-one interviews<br />Mapping power and interests<br />House values meeting<br />Cr...
Civic Action Teams<br />10-20 member work groups<br />Diverse membership<br />Shared self-interest in issue<br />Recruited...
2009-2010 Eau Claire Teams<br />Jobs for underemployed<br />Treatment instead of incarceration<br />Public parks funding<b...
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October 2010 ICMA Civic Engagement Presentation

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Overview of civic engagement and civic problem solving model developed in Eau Claire through Clear Vision

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October 2010 ICMA Civic Engagement Presentation

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  2. 2. Eau Claire WI<br />Civic Action Teams<br /> Building the Civic Problem-Solving Capacity of Community Residents<br />Mike Huggins, ICMA-CM<br /> City Manager, City of Eau Claire, WI<br />67,000 residents<br />Located 90 miles east of Minneapolis<br />Council Manager form of government since 1949<br />11 member City Council<br />Regional business center<br />Below average per capita income<br />Lower unemployment<br />Growing university and hospital sectors<br />
  3. 3. Local Governance Crisis<br />Wicked problems<br />Lack of political will<br />Declining civic problem-solving<br />“The biggest problem facing Americans is not those issues that bombard us daily….The crisis is that weas a people don’t know how to come together to solve these problems.”<br />-Frances Moore Lappe and Paul Martin DuBois<br />
  4. 4. Declining Civic Problem-Solving<br />Fragmented institutional decision-making<br />Citizens’ loss of effective problem-solving skills<br />Limited public space opportunities<br />Mystique of professional expertise<br />Formal citizenship paradigm<br />
  5. 5. Clear Vision Eau Claire<br /><ul><li>2007 citizen visioning initiative
  6. 6. $40,000 jointly funded
  7. 7. Facilitated by National Civic League
  8. 8. Partner w/Ctr. for Democracy/Citizenship
  9. 9. 6 performance goals/125 priority actions
  10. 10. Civic engagement as core strategy
  11. 11. Civic organizing framework</li></li></ul><li>Clear Vision Action Report July 2008<br />Civic Engagement<br />Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern:<br />Naming and solving problems<br />Discussing and choosing alternatives<br />Making trade-offs <br />“Effective and enduring civic engagement in the Greater Eau Claire Community will require that citizens learn and practice more effective problem-solving skills, and that community organizations and institutions create more opportunities and public spaces for active citizenship.”<br />
  12. 12. Civic Organizing<br />A framework for integrating active citizenship into everyday environments to solve public problems and build the broad civic base necessary to govern effectively in a democracy<br />“. . . democracy as a way of life is controlled by personal faith in personal day-by-day working together with others.”<br /> -John Dewey<br />
  13. 13. Key Characteristics<br />Emphasizes conceptual/reflective thinking<br />Redefines core civic concepts<br />Teaches civic problem-solving skills<br />Creates public spaces<br />Builds group process skills<br />Develops public leadership<br />Restructures mediating institutions<br />
  14. 14. Civic Concepts<br />Power<br />Politics<br />Public work<br />Public life<br />Self interest<br />Diversity<br />Mediating institutions<br />
  15. 15. Civic Problem-Solving Skills<br />One-on-one interviews<br />Mapping power and interests<br />House values meeting<br />Creating public spaces<br />Cutting issues<br />Taking action<br />Public evaluation<br />
  16. 16. Civic Action Teams<br />10-20 member work groups<br />Diverse membership<br />Shared self-interest in issue<br />Recruited to participate<br />Chair trained as coach<br />Action oriented – fixed duration<br />High-energy participation<br />
  17. 17. 2009-2010 Eau Claire Teams<br />Jobs for underemployed<br />Treatment instead of incarceration<br />Public parks funding<br />Collaborative education<br />Community events facilities<br />Veterans re-entry<br />Regional transit authority<br />
  18. 18. RTA Civic Action Team<br />First Meeting Agenda<br />-Civic context and purpose -Q&A on transit operations -Detailed resource materials -House values meeting <br />-Public evaluation<br />-<br /><ul><li>19 members from diverse backgrounds
  19. 19. Convened by City Manager
  20. 20. Clear Vision umbrella
  21. 21. Drafting issue white paper
  22. 22. City staff as trainers
  23. 23. 2 hour meetings w/food</li></li></ul><li>RTA House Values Meeting<br />Facilitated public conversations about personal values and public life<br />Round robin responses:<br />What values and traditions are important to you about your mobility?<br />What are the trends that may endanger these values and traditions about mobility?<br />What can we do in our community to strengthen our civic life with respect to mobility?<br />
  24. 24. Ongoing RTA Team Meetings<br />One-to-one interviews<br />Power mapping<br />Public evaluation<br />
  25. 25. One-to-One Interviews<br />Purpose is to build public relationships<br />Schedule interviews<br />Keep it informal<br />20-30 minutes<br />No note-taking during interview<br />Ask direct, open-ended questions<br />80/20 active listening<br />Look for interests, passions, connections<br />
  26. 26. Power mapping<br />Visual map of political environment<br />Stakeholders<br />Connections<br />Power relationships<br />List who has power to influence<br />Map organizations and individuals <br />Do 1:1 interviews to identify interests<br />Map power connections and relationships<br />Do 1:1 interviews to build public relationships<br />
  27. 27. Public evaluation<br />Debrief each meeting - 10 minutes<br />Assess progress of work<br />Prevent misunderstanding<br />Clarify roles and future tasks<br />One or two word responses<br />What worked? What didn’t? What could we do better?<br />Check areas of group tension<br />
  28. 28. Findings<br />Action oriented<br />Inexpensive<br />Adaptable<br />Reinforces facilitative role<br />Builds effective work groups<br />Creates public space for joint work<br />Strengthens community<br />“American citizenship in its most expansive sense is understood as public work: visible effort on common tasks of importance to the community or nation, involving many different people.”<br /> -Harry Boyte<br />
  29. 29. Additional Information<br />www.publicachievement.org<br />Harry Boyte, The Citizen Solution<br />Harry Boyte, Everyday Politics<br />FrancesMoore Lappe and Paul Martin DuBois, The Quickening of America<br />Carmen Sirianni, Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance<br />Matt Leighninger, The Next Form of Democracy<br />Contact: Mike Huggins, City Manager, City of Eau Claire, 715-839-4902, mike.huggins@eauclairewi.gov<br />

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