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Citizen Engagement

Citizen Engagement

Citizen Engagement

LEGISLATOR AS CONVENER

meetingA powerful role for a legislator is as a convener – the ability to bring people and groups together to talk and solve problems. See tips from the Policy Consensus Initiative to help citizens identify and focus on key challenges and develop the leadership qualities to encourage them to reach good decisions.

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SHARING BEST PRACTICES

legislatorsLegislators develop methods of engaging their constituents that fit their personalities, time, districts and other factors. Often they learn from one another, sharing advice on prompting discussion, finding staff to handle planning and logistics, using the best meeting sites, taking advantage of technology and following up on what they learn.

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MODERATOR GUIDE

moderatorGlobal Horizons, LLC, has developed a quick guide for moderators of community conversations. The guide provides a set of open-ended questions to help legislators facilitate meetings with constituents and engage those citizens in conversations about their issues and concerns.

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LEGISBRIEF: CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT AND LEGISLATORS

Legisbrief LogoLearn about four methods for connecting with citizens. These examples are actual, practical and doable ideas that can create meaningful conversations between legislators and their constituents. 

 

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OVERVIEW | CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Legislators need to connect with their constituents. Strong connections help legislators keep a pulse on the district, make better policy decisions, solve constituents’ problems and gain political allies. NCSL and the Kettering Foundation are working together on the Project on the Legislator/Citizen Connection to learn how legislators are engaging citizens in meaningful and deliberative ways, including holding thoughtful and civil discussions of divisive topics, examining the difficulties and trade-offs of all approaches, and identifying common ground and good solutions. Legislators tell us there are barriers to creating more deliberative interactions with citizens, including a legislator’s lack of time, funding, priority, facilitation skills and helpful partners. This project will give them a chance to share ideas on meeting those challenges and creating successful citizen engagement practices.

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