Capacity-based approaches to civic engagement for colleges and universities

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Capacity-based approaches to civic engagement for colleges and universities

  1. 1. Capacity-Based Approaches to Civic Engagement for Colleges and Universities John Hamerlinck, Associate Director Minnesota Campus Compact [email_address]
  2. 2. Civic Engagement: Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern
  3. 5. <ul><li>Asset-Based: discovers gifts & talents in the community right now </li></ul><ul><li>Internally-Focused: Relies on community’s strengths, not on outside resources </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship-Driven: Seeks to connect local people, associations and institutions </li></ul>
  4. 6. We all have assets and deficits .
  5. 7. <ul><li>Needs Based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on deficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People are consumers of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents observe as issues are being addressed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Asset Based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People are producers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents participate and are empowered </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. A capacity-based approach . . . <ul><li>reinforces core principles of social justice and equity; </li></ul><ul><li>develops respect for community and its individuals; </li></ul><ul><li>helps shift from a charity to an investment model; and </li></ul><ul><li>shifts from research-driven and funder-driven, to community-driven outcomes. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Assets <ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everybody! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Assets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public, private, nonprofit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical Assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings, natural assets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial transactions and other exchanges </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Associations & Institutions <ul><li>Consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Care </li></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Needs </li></ul>
  9. 12. DEMOCRACY = VOTING + ASSOCIATIONS
  10. 13. Is Democracy the Goal? Nations with Strong Institutions & Weak Associations . . .
  11. 14. What can campuses do? <ul><li>Capacity Inventories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What skills, gifts, talents, etc. do individuals, associations and institutions bring to the table? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect these “assets” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help to identify low hanging fruit and “strange bedfellows” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support an association of associations </li></ul><ul><li>Expand civic space </li></ul><ul><li>Put a community lens on every aspect of the school’s business </li></ul>
  12. 15. Vision Skills Incentives Resources Action Plan Change = Adapted from Knoster, T. (1991) Presentation at TASH Conference, Washington DC (Adapted by Knoster from Enterprise Group Ltd.)
  13. 16. Adapted from Knoster, T. (1991) Presentation at TASH Conference, Washington DC (Adapted by Knoster from Enterprise Group Ltd.) Skills Incentives Resources Action Plan Confusion = Vision Incentives Resources Action Plan Anxiety = Vision Skills Resources Action Plan Resistance = Vision Skills Incentives Action Plan Frustration = Vision Skills Incentives Resources Treadmill =
  14. 20. <ul><li>John Hamerlinck </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Campus Compact </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 651-603-5091 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 651-603-5093 </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.mncampuscompact.org </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://mncompact.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cdce.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter: mncompact </li></ul>

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