public participation

How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

It is a question asked by anyone who has been involved in local government.  Over at Governing, Mark Funkhouser has some thoughts: In a recent study entitled Making Public Participation Legal, Matt Leighninger cites a Knight Foundation report that found that attending a public meeting was more likely to reduce a person’s sense of efficacy […]

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“Open Source” Community Planning

“Open Source” Community Planning

This video from the Friends of Midcoast Maine shows some ways to tap into a community’s knowledge and values during the planning process.  There are a lot of different models for such “open source,” collaborative planning.  (See here and here for private sector examples.)  We love doing this kind of stuff with our clients!

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