Civic Collaboration is when people join together to address public issues that impact their communities. Frequently, we expect people to engage in projects about community issues, but we do not always prepare them with the skills and habits needed to address the complexity and nuance of such work. This module will help participants understand how they can work with communities to create collaborative and sustainable change by weaving the social fabric and connections that exist in communities.
At the conclusion of this module, participants will be able to:
Know the types of habits and tools that shape active and engaged communities and workplaces.
Understand ways to identify and work inclusively with others.
Better identify civic issues and their own civic passion.
Develop a deeper recognition and appreciation for community stakeholders.
Better understand the complexities and power of communities.
Identifying Your Civic Passion
Developing an Awareness of Stakeholders
Identifying Your Communities
Seeing Communities as Partners
Identifying the Knowledge of the Community
Building and Shifting the Discourse
Practicing Collaboration with Others
Practicing Deliberation with Others
This module is structured with a series of topics explored through activities. These activities give participants a chance to experience these concepts through hands on practices, often completed in small groups. Participants are introduced to new skills and habits while also directed to reflect on their own experiences. Through these exercises, participants develop the skills, tools, and habits needed to advance collaborative discussion. As demonstrated in this module, collaborative discussion skills are essential when engaging in civic or community-based learning and projects.