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Nj future redevelopment forum 2019 murphy

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Elizabeth Murphy presentation for democratizing decision-making session at Redevelopment Forum 2019.

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  1. 1. Key Principles for Effective Community Engagement
  2. 2. Statewide Community Engagement Project www.creativenj.org Launched by
  3. 3. Creative New Jersey is dedicated to fostering creativity, collaboration, and inclusion by empowering cross-sector partnerships in commerce, education, philanthropy, government and culture, in order to ensure dynamic communities and a thriving economy. www.creativenj.org
  4. 4. We work in communities throughout the state: single municipalities counties multiple-county regions www.creativenj.org
  5. 5. We work in communities where there is: urgency to act now willingness to try new approaches commitment to involving the whole community www.creativenj.org
  6. 6. We are conveners and network builders www.creativenj.org
  7. 7. Since 2011, Creative NJ has produced and/or engaged: 228 partnering organizations 2,000+ individual participants 11 community-based convenings 3 regional convenings 2 issue-specific (disaster response & public health) 7 statewide summits www.creativenj.org
  8. 8. By championing creative-thinking and establishing the conditions for collaboration among highly-diverse groups of people, our work: www.creativenj.org
  9. 9. Advances dialogue on critical issues www.creativenj.org Strengthens community bonds Creates a democratic and egalitarian environment Creates a fairer playing field
  10. 10. How We Work www.creativenj.org
  11. 11. Build Community Host Teams organizations as anchor team members reps from commerce, culture, education, government & philanthropy diversity on every level is essential DEEP DIVE of DISCOVERY www.creativenj.org
  12. 12. Identify Community Concerns design the central question reinforce the values of creativity, collaboration and inclusion set aside assumptions THINKING DIFFERENTLY www.creativenj.org
  13. 13. Crowdsource Invitation List --usual and unusual suspects --CEOs to migrant workers --stay-at-home parents to business owners --high-school students to mature adults --nonprofit to for-profit to government INCLUSION www.creativenj.org
  14. 14. www.creativenj.org  Education • K-12 • Higher Ed • Continuing Ed / Professional Dev. • Vocational Training • Boards/Associations  Culture • Arts/Arts Education • History/Heritage • Humanities • Culturally specific orgs/assoc. • Arts & Cultural Councils  Philanthropy • Foundation • Corporate • Government • Individual  Community/Social • Civic Associations • Community Development Corps. • Faith-based orgs • Social Service • Healthcare • Environmental/Sustainability  Government • State • Local • Military • Law Enforcement • Emergency Services  Commerce • Small Business • Manufacturing/Trade • Retail • Tourism/Hospitality • Media • Agriculture • Engineering/Technology/ Professional Services
  15. 15. Call to Collaboration --Individuals from all facets of community life are assembled to work together --Everyone takes an active role in creating the meeting’s agenda together, and self-organizing to lead group discussions EMPOWERMENT www.creativenj.org
  16. 16. People begin to… 1. step into the role of community convener. 2. build relationships around issues of common concern. 3. garner more support for their work. 4. participate on committees outside their field. 5. create opportunities to integrate their expertise into community activities. 6. step outside the traditional "transactional" relationship and tackle issues and challenging questions together. www.creativenj.org The Shift
  17. 17. People-powered, grassroots movement systemic approach to breaking down the divide between: --grass-tops & grass-roots --neighborhoods of wealth & disinvestment --citizens and local government --people of different generations, ethnicities, cultures, creeds, and socio-economic status. www.creativenj.org
  18. 18. IMPACT STORIES Rahway: Rahway’s Own Hammonton: Posada Celebration Asbury Park: Mayoral Initiatives Skylands Region: Eco-Tourism Monmouth County: MoCo Arts Corridor Atlantic City: Community Fund Statewide: Disaster Preparedness www.creativenj.org
  19. 19. Principles of Community Engagement www.creativenj.org
  20. 20. 1. Define Purpose: why engage our community? 4. Think Creatively: create an environment that fosters divergent thinking and innovative ideas 3. Engage Early: include your community in decision-making from the beginning 2. Identify the Players: think broadly—expand your networks Key Principles www.creativenj.org
  21. 21. 5. Ask Questions: set aside assumptions and preconceived conclusions 8. Be Ready to be Surprised! 7. Collaborate: short-and long-term collaborations 6. Dedicate Time and Resources Key Principles www.creativenj.org
  22. 22. OUR FORMULA CREATIVITY + COLLABORATION + INCLUSION _________________________________ = THRIVING COMMUNITIES www.creativenj.org
  23. 23. Questions/ Insights www.creativenj.org
  24. 24. Thank You www.creativenj.org Elizabeth Murphy Executive Director emurphy@creativenj.org

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