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Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Community Engagement starts with engagement IN the community.

Social Media in most forms is an effective method to broadcast a message and receive broad feedback.  But it is an ineffective surrogate for developing a truly empathic understanding of the human issues facing every citizen of Flint regardless of where they fall on the socio-economic ladder.  The most helpful form of community engagement is to TALK to people face to face and ask them to get involved.  Their are a lot of citizens in every neighborhood of Flint that want to help improve the human condition here and many of them share common ground for getting there.  But they need to be engaged.  Meetings held in a singular location, regardless of their being publicly advertised on websites, does not consitutute engagement.  Advertizing its existence is a good beginning but it falls short by not leveraging the influence of the neighborhood leaders to help promote.  This effort should begin with the councilman of each ward getting to work (and volunteering, since they arn’t being paid at the moment) as we are being asked to do) and engaging the neighborhood associations, churches, businesses and community organizations (Masons, Elks, Moose, Eagles, etc.) and asking for their assistance in rallying the citizens through a request for help. Try it.  The people are out their.  They are just waiting for the leaders to guide the way.    
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