- Great communities arise from a three-legged stool of governance: big business, government, and the civic sector.
- The civic sector includes citizen activists, neighborhoods, small businesses, community councils, volunteer civic associations, street-level non-profits, etc.
- Right now, the stool of community governance is unbalanced in favor of big business, political parties and government administrators.
- A strong civic sector means an increased capacity for citizens to solve their own problems either:
- On their own, or;
- By leading partnerships with government and big business.
- New relationships and collective learning will build the capacity of often-isolated citizens to make or lead change.
- By sharing the stories of citizen-lead efforts, Community Voices will help the civic sector:
- Speak in a strong, clear voice that is heard by decision-makers during transparent public-policy deliberation;
- Learn from and support each other’s community-building efforts.
Our Vision for a New Politics
Dominated by government/big business Civic sector as equal partner
Struggle for control Concert of action
Single issues Inter-connected problems
Finite answers Emerging practices
Decisive votes Open-ended, continuous deliberation
Intended results Collective learning
Winning or losing Changed course of events