A healthy community is an engaged community. When people feel a sense of belonging to the places they live and work, they form relationships with those places that continues the cycle of active engagement. This puts responsibility on decision-makers to involved public outreach as a part of governance, which can sometimes be a tricky task. Here are 4 reasons why public engagement is important in bureaucratic decision-making:
Like so many other things in our lives, there is a balance to be found to achieve the best outcomes for the people and places that we govern. While very import and key to good decision-making, we must also recognize the limits of public input and opinion. The bureaucracy, officials, and experts do have knowledge and understanding – the inside perspective – that the public does not. Therefore, we need to balance public input with understandings of government. As we mentioned, this can be a trick task, but when done well, it is a tremendous asset to governments, and ultimately the communities they serve.
What does public engagement mean to you? What does it look like in your community??
“There is no greater power for change than a
community discovering what it cares about.”