Monday, May 6, 2013

CPBB & Civic Engagement: A Powerful Combo as Documented Through the Lens of the NLC and Knight Foundation

The National League of Cities, working with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, recently released results from their scan of community engagement bright spots, drawing specifically on efforts or movements underway in communities that demonstrate the potential of inclusive, intensive community engagement.

“Communities across our nation are experimenting with new ways to engage citizens in the decisions made by civic leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors, working sometimes together and sometimes at cross purposes. Ultimately, success at making democracy work and sustaining healthy communities requires engaged individuals, organizations, and institutions. Across our country, community engagement bright spots are emerging. These initiatives foster a sense of attachment, expand access to information and resources, and create opportunities for citizens to play more active roles in setting priorities, addressing issues, and planning the longer-term sustainability of their communities."

We realize that many are interested in this report because engaging citizens is essential to your work – particularly as it relates to participatory budgeting.

It is in this spirit that we too are seeking to advance the conversation, to share and disseminate stories of huge successes, and to collaboratively consider future possibilities for citizen engagement.

We’re attempting to do this by assembling some of the greatest contributors to this body of work, together at the "Summit of Leading Practices" - a conference co-sponsored by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies and the Alliance for Innovation, to be held in Washington D.C., this July 9th and 10th 2013.

We are excited to announce the following leaders, who will speak to the “Leading Practice” of civic engagement:

 --- Davenport Institute's Pete Peterson will contribute to the discussion on what “legitimate citizen engagement” is all about, and how it has been done across the Country. Pete’s experience has taken him to the participatory budgeting events in Vallejo, California, to the first public budgeting workshops in Bell, California, to the Redesigning Democracy Summit in North Carolina. He has inspired our Priority Based Budgeting work in Walnut Creek, California and Fairfield, California, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him at the conference this July.

 --- National Research Center's Tom Miller (who we’re pleased to announce just joined the Conference program this last week) has helped hundreds of jurisdictions use citizen surveys to set annual priorities. Learn more about measuring resident opinion from the man who literally wrote the book about why citizen surveys are important, and how to use them. As Tom wrote to us: “We see such a strong link between the work NRC does to give voice to resident opinion and the budgeting principles of CPBB that rest on community-set priorities. We can’t imagine a better opportunity to show that connection.”

 --- Peak Democracy's Robert Vogel will bring to life the cutting edge world of online citizen engagement, including the breakthrough story of Douglas County, Nevada published here in this Group. Peak Democracy has opened up entirely new possibilities for how we engage citizens using technology. Their work presents a revolution in how citizens are able to access and influence decision-making.

On top of this, some of the more profound and encouraging case studies in civic engagement in Priority Based Budgeting will come from your colleagues – some of the nation’s leaders including: Douglas County, Nevada, Cincinnati, Ohio, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Walnut Creek, California.

We hope you’ll consider being part of this event!

Center for Priority Based Budgeting 2013 Annual Conference


"A Summit of Leading Practices"

July 9 & 10, 2013  Arlington, Virginia   Hilton Crystal City Hotel


Brought to you by the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in partnership with the Alliance for Innovation (AFI).

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