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.Read More
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.Read More
Do you wish you could explain your city’s budget to residents, Council, and staff in 5 minutes or less? It’s possible. We know residents and city staff are busy AND curious about how their local government spends money. Realistically, reading a 320-page budget jam-packed with spreadsheets and jargon can be intimidating and time-consuming.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Let me be clear, high-quality, easy-to-use, engagement tools are a requisite. And, an engaging, comprehensive web presence like that provided by Bang the Table is important to successfully gathering public input. But building the site is not enough. You have to tell people about it, so that they can come visit.Read More
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.Read More
Community engagement involves getting resident feedback. Promise me you won’t ask your community for feedback unless you’re going to use it.
Slate’s 5 Favorite Ways To Engage The Community. When it comes to community engagement, certain methods shine. We'll share our top 5 appraoches to getting authentic community feedback.Read More