Promoting membership and participation for communities

Local opinions are sought. Outsiders analyze data and decide on course of action. Responsibility remains with outsiders for directing the process.

Promoting membership and participation for communities

Statistically small communities less than 5, in population are more likely to face compliance violations, which require system improvements and can be costly. Small communities often have limited revenue base to pay for large projects, limited technical, managerial, and financial capacity to take on projects, and political will at the local level to bear the burden of taking on necessary improvements is becoming more and more of a challenge.

Now much of the available financing for projects is in the form of loans that require taking on debt. In my work I assist communities who face these challenges and would like to share how some best practices in community development help me work with staff, elected officials, and the public.

Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives. The past few months I have been involved with a community facing opposition from community members regarding a proposed drinking water project.

Promoting membership and participation for communities

The public meeting last month was very contentious and participants asked many questions which the city could not answer at the time. As a next step part of the strategy was to be responsive and address questions specifically, reach out to the community, and conduct additional public meetings.

The city held two meetings that included responses to the questions and was facilitated in a way that encouraged participation in a constructive and considerate manner.

Promoting membership and participation for communities

While there was opposition to the project expressed, the meeting went much better as people were heard and acknowledged.

Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.

The city considered a number of alternatives to making drinking water improvements. The city faced a compliance issue regarding water pressure which needed to be addressed to meet State requirements.

The master plan identified a number of additional deficiencies in the water system, including distribution lines, fire hydrants, and storage. The city presented various funding scenarios, reasons for taking on a project which goes beyond meeting compliance, and considers additional improvements which will be necessary for the future of the community residents and economy.

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In response to questions about relief for low income residents regarding a rate increase the city responded by working with the local non-profit community action agency to develop a fund for water rate assistance for low income residents which incorporated the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process.

Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community. By facilitating the most recent public meetings in a manner that encouraged community participants to share their views in a constructive, considerate manner, and emphasizing how the city appreciates input, and will continue to be responsive to questions significantly helped the process.

Part of the outreach strategy developed included connecting with local groups and attending meetings to further educate the community about the importance of improving the drinking water system.

As a technical assistance provider I reviewed statements prepared by the lead city council person who presented a summary of reasons why the city needed to take on the project. Comments emphasized how city leaders need to be responsive to address the existing compliance issue, and also consider the health and safety of residents by providing adequate fire protection, pressure, and storage for the future.

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This paper introduces an organizational socialization approach to promote sustained member participation, a deciding factor for the success of online communities. Participation feedback is defined as the community sponsors' efforts to respond to member participation activities to ensure that members take part in the community properly (Kluger & .

Community engagement is often heavily one-sided, and engagement projects can be inundated with input only from those community members who have a strong opinion (and more often it is a negative opinion about a project).

Healthy Communities-Theory and Practice Base on the expert committee report on community health nursing of the World Health Organization “A community is a social group determined by the geographic boundaries and/ or common values and interests.

Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives. The past few months I have been involved with a community facing opposition from community members regarding a proposed drinking water project.

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