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Budget Talks

Budget Talks | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
Breanne Donaldson reports on the municipal budgeting session at the Spring 2015 Civics Boot Camp. Last Wednesday brought out the sunshine as well as our smiling citizens.
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Our 4th Civics Boot Camp Under Our Belt

Our 4th Civics Boot Camp Under Our Belt | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
By: Zack Bradley After six jam-packed weeks, the spring session of Civics Boot Camp has sadly come to a close. This session saw more than 35 participants from all over Ottawa work together to create fun, new ways to better their city.
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Top 10 Reasons to Engage Your Community Online

Top 10 Reasons to Engage Your Community Online | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to engage your community online, outlined below are our top 10. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 83% of Australian homes have internet access (in 2013).
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Building better communities: A fair funding toolkit for Canada's cities and towns

Building better communities: A fair funding toolkit for Canada's cities and towns | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
We all depend on municipal services and infrastructure for our health and well-being, but Canadian cities and towns are facing unprecedented pressures and lack the sound financial footing to meet growing needs. Our municipalities need better revenue sources if we want them to continue to feed Canada’s success. This toolkit is designed to start a conversation about how we finance our cities and towns in fair and sustainable ways.
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How do I grow my community panel? Introducing the ‘Willoughby’ method!

How do I grow my community panel? Introducing the ‘Willoughby’ method! | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
There is no questioning the community panels are becoming more and more normalised as part of local government community engagement strategies.
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What are the disadvantages of online communication for citizen engagement?

What are the disadvantages of online communication for citizen engagement? | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
There are a number of clear advantages and disadvantages of online communication that need to be considered when you are planning a digital citizen engagement strategy. I have outlined the advantages in some detail in an earlier post.
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Great Falls Police Department Citizens' Academy | City of Great Falls Montana

Great Falls Police Department Citizens' Academy | City of Great Falls Montana | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
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2014 Citizens' Planning Academy

2014 Citizens' Planning Academy | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
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This City has a Civics 101 course, plus a Citizen's Planning Academy

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Civics 101: Ontario's Political Process Explained

Civics 101: Ontario's Political Process Explained | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
At Civics 101, our goal is to teach how Ontario's government works — to help inform all Ontarians about our electoral system and voting rights, as well as the processes and procedures of government.
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The Built Environment: Civics Boot Camp Feature

The Built Environment: Civics Boot Camp Feature | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
Breanne Donaldson reports on the built environment session at the Spring 2015 Civics Boot Camp.
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Community Outrage: What If It’s Not?

Community Outrage: What If It’s Not? | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
In community engagement the default language when thinking about situations of “conflict” is to talk about “outrage“. I’m not talking about confected outrage, media-stoked outrage, or activists embracing “outrage” as a way to seize back some power.
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Are you practicing condescending community engagement?

Are you practicing condescending community engagement? | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
Condescending community engagement is rife in the public, private and third sectors. Before you launch into your next project, ask yourself “is the question we’re putting to the community just a little condescending?
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How do I get the community involved in thinking about what a library should and could be?

How do I get the community involved in thinking about what a library should and could be? | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
Earlier this year Christchurch City Council launched the Your Library, Your Voice campaign to get the community involved in helping design its new central library following the 2011 earthquakes.
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City of Lakeland > City Government > Citizen's Academy

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Graduates get a certificate in "Governmentology"

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Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action | Midland, MI - Official Website

Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action | Midland, MI - Official Website | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
What's It All About?

Ever wonder why the police department has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how the Engineering Department determines which roads will be built each year? We'll tell you, during the City's Citizens Academy!

The annual Citizens Academy is a 10-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is generally held mid-January to mid-March each year.

Patterned after Midland Police and Sheriff's departments' Citizens Police Academy, the award-winning Citizens Academy explains the services offered through your city municipality, how its governing process works, and how citizens can participate in that process. As city and county government often shares knowledge and some services, the academy also includes one session on Midland County government.

Program Description
During weekly two-hour sessions, participants learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community. Presentations and facility tours give participants a better understanding of the role local government plays in the quality of life that Midlanders enjoy.

Sessions are held at various locations in the City depending upon topics being covered.

Participant Selection
Sessions are geared for smaller, more intimate settings with approximately 25 citizens selected at random from among applications received each fall. Preference is given to those living within Midland's city limits. Citizens who applied in previous years but were not selected due to space limitations are encouraged to apply again.

Those interested in applying for the next academy can check this website and local media beginning in late October of each year.

Contact the City Manager's Office at 989-837-3307 or email erichart@midland-mi.org with any questions.
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Toronto Civics 101 - Understanding Your City - Get Involved | City of Toronto

Toronto Civics 101 - Understanding Your City - Get Involved | City of Toronto | Community Engagement | Scoop.it
Learn about a civic literacy program organized by the City of Toronto in 2009.
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