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A Tool for Community Engagement

January 19, 2011

If you’ve been reading my posts you know that I am a big believer in the power of civic engagement. I believe that public deliberation is a valuable tool for engaging citizens and for helping to unleash their power to change communities for the better. But I also feel that the use of National Issues Forums issue books, employed in one-shot forums, fails to fully realize the potential communities have for sustained deliberation and citizen mobilization to address important community concerns. Thus, one of my goals has been to create a new type of “instrument” that can be used to engage citizens. Please check out “Community Questions: Engaging Citizens to Address Community Concerns.” I developed this instrument, working with the Kettering Foundation’s Citizens at Work project. We think that this question-based instrument can be used by many types of organizations, for many types of purposes, in many types of settings.

Click the link below to view or download.

Community Questions: Engaging Citizens to Address Community Concerns

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