Generally speaking, community engagement is built on the democratic idea that everyone who is affected by an issue that impacts their community should have a say in the decision making around it.
Although there’s no commonly agreed definition, essentially community engagement is about mutual decision making, where people, governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] work collaboratively to create sustainable visions for their community’s future. For governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter], it’s about working with and listening to communities to forge long term relationships and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues.
But, while many models and frameworks of public participation shape how to engage communities, much can depend on how these conversations happen, where they take place, and how they best include the diverse range of voices that have a stake in them.

Generally speaking, community engagement is built on the democratic idea that everyone who is affected by an issue that impacts their community should have a say in the decision making around it.
Although there’s no commonly agreed definition, essentially community engagement is about mutual decision making, where people, governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter] work collaboratively to create sustainable visions for their community’s future. For governments and [geot_filter region=”america” html_tag=”span”]organizations[/geot_filter][geot_filter exclude_region=”america” html_tag=”span” ]organisations[/geot_filter], it’s about working with and listening to communities to forge long term relationships and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues.
But, while many models and frameworks of public participation shape how to engage communities, much can depend on how these conversations happen, where they take place, and how they best include the diverse range of voices that have a stake in them.

Online community engagement brings added dimensions and benefits to decision making, building trust between governments and citizens and empowering community ownership in the shared responsibility for improving services, projects and programs.

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