The citizen engagement scale is the core of an Education City – participation in all aspects of life: education, society and economy, i.e. everything that affects the citizens and their lives. Citizen participation creates spaces for learning, creativity and decision-making among all the members of a defined space, e.g. a village, city, country, and, in the technological age, also groups that are not physical but rather seek to advance and have an impact on various aspects of their lives. In the 21st century, upon the development of large metropolises in which the communication, alienation and socioeconomic gaps are steadily widening, citizen participation is essential to the existence of an Education City that enables all its citizens to reach their potential now and in the future.
A significant number of mayors and local council heads are concerned that citizen engagement will turn out to be a double-edged sword since, at times, citizen engagement and participation is perceived as a threat rather than an impetus to empowering the city as well as themselves.
In this article, you'll learn about the theoretical background behind citizen engagement and participation as well as the connection to trust. We'll present the values on which citizen participation is based along with the criteria for such a process. We'll also present the various levels of citizen engagement and its impact on the level of citizen participation.
The core of the article is the tools and methods required for enabling citizen participation. We'll acquaint you with the tools and methods that have succeeded in leveraging empowerment in the public, economic and civil sectors. Methods descriptions will be accompanied by exmaples of real-world implementation.
We'll conclude by presenting a process for attaining the maximum level of citizen participation as part of the creation of an Education City.Click here to download the full article