The Center is at its core a think tank; Informer; Reviewer; Reporter; Dot Connector; Aligner; Focuser; Reframer; Sharer; Developer; Educator

The Center focuses on Public-Private-Independent Sector partnerships, Mission Investing, Policy and Advocacy Alignment, and potential for Mergers and/or Alliance building within the south Florida community.

All within an issue-driven, community-based, outcome-focused, resource aligned framework.

What is Civic Engagement? 

Civic engagement is acting upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one’s communities.  This includes a wide range of activities, including developing civic sensitivity, participation in building civil society, and benefiting the common good. Civic engagement encompasses the notions of global citizenship and interdependence.  Through civic engagement, individuals – as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world – are empowered as agents of positive social change for a more democratic world.  Civic engagement involves one or more of the following:

  • Learning from others, self, and environment to develop informed perspectives on social issues
  • Recognizing and appreciating human diversity and commonality
  • Behaving, and working through controversy, with civility
  • Participating actively in public life, public problem solving, and community service
  • Assuming leadership and membership roles in organizations
  • Developing empathy, ethics, values and sense of social responsibility
  • Promoting social justice locally and globally

 

One useful definition of civic engagement is the following: individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy. Civic engagement encompasses a range of specific activities such as working in a soup kitchen, serving on a neighborhood association, writing a letter to an elected official or voting. Indeed, an underlying principal of our approach is that an engaged citizen should have the ability, agency and opportunity to move comfortably among these various types of civic acts.

 

 

Source: Coalition for Civic Engagement and Leadership, University of Maryland

Source: Michael Delli Carpini, Director, Public Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts.