The Participation Blog

Embedded Public Participation

One of the challenges that public involvement people face is embedding what they know that works into a system of government that is often less than enthusiastic about the whole idea of sharing control. Officials aren’t often very keen about giving the public any power or influence over their predetermined ideas and plans. They want people to think that they actually have a voice, but officials often don’t really want to have to listen to what they have to say or, heaven forbid, act on it. The best communities and organizations are able to weave authentic public participation into the fabric of how they operate every day.