Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Let’s face it, no matter how hard I may try, I’m not the Julie Andrews type. I can’t craft play clothes from old drapes and taking care of two children is plenty, thank you very much…That doesn’t stop me from sharing a few of may favorite things – the Slate version. Just be thankful I’m not singing this.

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Kim NewcomerComment
The Right Time To Cut Corners

It's time to cut back the long paragraphs and spreadsheets. We're talking making it easy for your audience to understand what truly impacts them through sharp graphic design. Whether you want residents to understand your community services or help staff with consistent communications, design can help get you there.

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Jess McHughComment
3 Ways To Improve City Communications

Graphic design is not a source of art. Rather, it is a way to communicate complex ideas to a specific audience in a way that matches your city’s tone. Graphic design is one great way to take city programs and services and make them applicable and interesting for your citizens.

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Ashley LauwereinsComment
The Secret to Crazy Successful Public Engagement Online

This guest article is from Angelica Wedell at the National Research Center.

They may be tweeting daily, streaming public meetings on YouTube and even publishing press releases on the official website blog. But with all this effort to meet constituents where they are already communicating, many local governments are asking why more residents aren’t engaged.

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​​​​​​​Just Keep Swimming

Even when no one cares, gathering public engagement is important work. Working in the public sector comes with some cold, hard, bitter realities.

First, you’ll never get rich quick. In fact, you’ll never get rich.

Second, inspiring everyday residents to engage with their local government will be impossible.

But you will continually be asked to make it happen so we must keep trying.

To help me shift my thinking from challenges to solutions, I talked with Ginny Sawyer, Policy & Project Manager for the City of Fort Collins and, as far as I’m concerned, one of the best public engagement professionals in local gov.

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