How Can Community Engagement Restore Trust in Government?

We’re creating an ambitious guidebook to answer the question how can we design and implement community engagement to build trust and support? We’d be happy to send you a free copy as soon as it is published.

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Our Motivation

In communities across the nation, the public’s trust in government is low. We’ve seen plenty of evidence of that in the US presidential election and at the local government level as well. In democracies like ours, trust is a critical currency. In many ways we are paralyzed without it. It is critical to building the necessary public and political support needed to create meaningful change in our communities. And therein lies the opportunity for community engagement practitioners.

Community engagement lies at an important nexus between the public and the government. It has the ability to either erode trust further or help restore it.

That’s why we are launching an ambitions community engagement process about community engagement. This is an open invitation to contribute to a guidebook to restoring public trust in government agencies through thoughtful community engagement.

Read the full post in Planetizen here.

Share your ideas

The MetroQuest subscriber community is the largest resource of creativity, experience and savvy in the field of community engagement. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and working collaboratively to create a valuable resources for communities across the country. Simply send email email on the question: how can we design and implement community engagement to build trust and support?. No idea is too small.

Many thanks for your interest. Stay tuned for more.

By |2017-06-19T22:20:42-07:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Best practices, Engagement|1 Comment

About the Author:

Dave is the Chief Engagement Officer of MetroQuest and an internationally-recognized author and public engagement strategist focusing on the use of software tools to enhance community participation for planning projects.

One Comment

  1. Dotsie Gordon September 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Very interesting article.

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