“If you interact with others, you have the platform to create something new -something that changes everything. I call that art”. Seth Godin
I challenge you to think about this for 15 minutes:
What if we had citizens routinely creating ideas and proposals to improve life conditions in our community?
All we need is for someone to create an idea, to connect a community, then build on that idea, create a solution, develop collective coordination, and generate a sustainable change.
To accomplish civic participation and engagement in the long-term is something that is only possible if citizens truly feel like their ideas matter and can make a lasting difference. One solid idea, developed by a community, takes the commitment of a group of people working to improve their social and individual conditions under the principles of solidarity, creativity, diversity and respect for others thoughts.
Let’s generate change through ideas, through participation and engagement of citizens. Let’s leave behind the fear of having more involved citizens and let’s give them the space that they deserve.
Always question the system, but most importantly, spread ideas that keep us working together to build a better country.
Next week, I will tell you more about a project I am working on, in which I am proposing a new platform for civic engagement in Costa Rica.
This project is a follow-on project for the Community Solutions Program of the U.S. Department of State, in which I am a Fellow; and the project is being developed with the assistance of the Alamo Area Council of Governments in San Antonio, Texas.