Civic Strategies helps communities make important decisions. Community organizations and local governments hire us when the stakes are high, the stakeholders are numerous, the answers aren't clear—or when all these elements are present. We design and manage decision-making processes that deliver effective solutions, using fair and open processes.
The benefits to our clients: They get good decisions about important issues that are made the right way and build public and political support.
We do our work by bringing together three disciplines:
We're more than consultants, though—we're writers, researchers and teachers on the subject of community decision making. The benefit to you: Your community will enjoy the latest, most innovative thinking about local issues and civic involvement.
We've published articles about decision making (in the New York Times and Governing magazine, among others), designed and produced seminars and workshops on leadership, and been quoted in the media about cities, regions and their leaders. (We've appeared in Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.) We've written books about civic leadership, authored blogs, and hosted podcasts.
In short, we know about the issues facing cities, regions and other localities, we’re innovators in public decision making, and we care deeply about communities. Why trust anyone else with your community’s most important decisions?
"Of the best rulers,
The people only know that they exist;
The next best they love and praise
The next they fear;
And the next they revile.
When they do not command the people’s faith,
Some will lose faith in them,
And then they resort to oaths!
But of the best when their task is accomplished,
Their work done,
The people all remark, “We have done it ourselves.'”
6th century B.C.
"The strength of free peoples resides in the local community. Local institutions are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they put it within the people's reach; they teach people to appreciate its peaceful enjoyment and accustom them to make use of it. Without local institutions a nation may give itself a free government, but it has not got the spirit of liberty."
Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America
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