Kirk Clay, Senior Advisor and Political Analyst and Strategist at PowerPac, discusses how “true civic engagement calls for assembling platforms of engagement around those communities of shared interest”:
“Evidence based civic engagement is a fairly nascent field. In fact, up until 20 years ago, what people now think of as civic engagement for “people of color” was characterized naively as just minority outreach. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many organizations and efforts struggle to identify what an effective civic engagement plan is and by what method to execute one successfully. First, it’s tough to pinpoint a distinct all-encompassing explanation of what civic engagement is. Second, it’s equally as difficult to find an all-inclusive formula for putting together a viable program. Lastly, the moment an approach is successful it’s dismissed as predictable or characterized as a chance occurrence so we can’t learn anything new from those experiences.”
Read more here about civic engagement as an opportunity, and what Clay suggest is necessary to account for the rapidly changing demographics in America.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.