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Civic Engagement 101

Civic Engagement 101Tom TresserSeptember 14, 2015

Lets get social

#AdlerCivics@tomstee

Lets get referential

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LET'S START BY TAKING THIS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT POLL VIA TEXTIZEN

HAVE YOU DONE ANY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY IN THE PAST 24 MONTHS?

IF YES - TEXT "YES" TO 312-883-8103

IF NO - TEXT "NO" TO 312-883-8103

Standard text message rates apply

Results @ https://www.textizen.com/polls/2941

Enjoy the music while results gathered

IF YES - TEXT "YES" TO 312-883-8103

IF NO - TEXT "NO" TO 312-883-8103HAVE YOU DONE ANY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY IN THE PAST 24 MONTHS?

What is Civic Engagement?

Why Civic Engagement?

Why Civic Engagement?

Civic Engagement = Working to make a difference in the life of your community.

Resultshttps://www.textizen.com/polls/2941

CIVIC COMPETENCY OUR CIVIC MUSCLES

Civic mindset or appetiteCivic knowledgeCivic skillsCivic experienceA Word document summarizing these muscles is on our Civic Wiki.

Civic mindset or appetite

Civic dispositions encompass interpersonal and intrapersonal values, virtues, and behaviors. How likely are you to engage?

Tolerance and respectAppreciation of differenceRejection of violenceConcern with the rights and welfare of othersCommitment to balancing personal liberties with social responsibility to othersSense of belonging to a group or polityReadiness to compromise personal interests to achieve shared endsDesire for community involvementAttentiveness (to civic matters, the news, etc.)Personal efficacy

Civic Knowledge

Civic content includes both core knowledge and the ability to apply knowledge to different circumstances and settings. What do you know.Key historical periods, episodes, cases, themes, and experiences of individuals and groups in U.S. historyPrinciples, documents, and ideas essential to constitutional democracyStructures, processes, and functions of government; powers of branches and levels of governmentPolitical vehicles for representing public opinion and effecting political changeMechanisms and structure of the U.S. legal systemPolitical and civic heroesSocial and political networks for making changeSocial movements and struggles, particularly those that address issues as yet unresolvedStructural analyses of social problems and systemic solutions to making change

12Pretty basic civic knowledgePercentage U.S. adults who can name allthree branches of government?

Percentage U.S. Adults who can name all Three Stooges?

Zogby International Poll, August 2006

73%42%

12

Civic Skills

Intellectual civic skills encompass knowing how to identify, assess, interpret, describe, analyze, and explain matters of concern in civic life. What (and HOW) can you do?Perspective-takingUnderstanding, interpreting, and critiquing various mediaUnderstanding, interpreting, and critiquing different points of viewExpressing ones opinionsActive listeningIdentifying public problemsDrawing connections between democratic concepts and principles and ones own life experienceCritical thinking Do you have a B.S. Detector?

Civic ExperienceCivic participatory skills encompass knowing how to cope in groups and organizational settings, interface with elected officials and community representatives, communicate perspectives and arguments, and plan strategically for civic change. What have you done?VolunteeringActive listening, Engaging in dialogue with those who hold different perspectivesCommunicating through public speaking, letter writing, petitioning, canvassing, lobbying, protestingManaging, organizing, participating in groupsBuilding consensus and forging coalitionsUtilizing electoral processes helping someone run Utilizing non-electoral means to voice opinion (protest, petitioning, surveying, letter writing, boycotting, and so on)Planning and running meetingsOrganizing and demonstratingRunning for public office

State of Civic Engagement

"This creative power is a striving power; this creative power can be seen in different views, in the power of evolution, in the power of life, in the power which accomplishes the goal of an ideal completion to overcome the difficulties of life." Alfred Adler - "The General System of Individual Psychology," an unpublished manuscript in the AAISF/ATP Archives.)

Increase youth voter registration Increase youth volunteerismExpose youth to Fight For 15Get people to care about Dyett CampaignGet people to donate $5 to the Red CrossMake case that someone from Adler should run for Governor in 2018Civic Creativity!

20 minutes to brainstorm (additive, +)Choose a scribeWhat is your message?How to get message out, attended to?Report backCivic Creativity!

Shameless Plug

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tom@civiclab.us