Local government leaders want to engage their residents and stakeholders as they are making plans for the future. However, they often struggle to find ways to elicit positive and helpful information. Many times they fear that open meetings will be a platform for negative-minded people to voice their unhappiness. This article shares a way to engage the community in helping to develop a strategic vision for the future that guards against this kind of negativity. It provides a way for stakeholders to have civil discussions about strategic decisions that face the city. While providing for large numbers of people to give input, it does so in a way that provides the governing body ingredients they can use in crafting a shared vision for the future.
"How to Get Community Engagement When Creating a Strategic Vision,"
eJournal of Public Affairs: Vol. 10:
2, Article 12.
Available at: https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/vol10/iss2/12