Youth Engagement : Can you buy civic participation
Meaningfully engaging young people in the civic process is one of the biggest challenges for us all today. The UK Times reports on an idea which one UK Health Authority tried out which some would say is innovative but others would say its a total waste of public money. What do you think?
"Dismayed by the poor turnout at a series of public meetings to discuss the future of primary healthcare in its area, a health authority in Lancashire resorted to a tried and tested method of luring bottoms on to seats: bribery........."
This example brings something important home to me about Engagement which we do well to remember:
Presence is necessary but not sufficient for engagement - Bums on seats does not an audience make.
For some more sustainable approaches to civic engagement check-out Biological civic engagement proposed by think-tank.
Bioteams Books Reviews
A crowd draws a crowd but you need to be fit too. Distinguished Physicist Albert Laszlo Barabasi in his excellent book "Linked - the New Science of Networks" lets us into the secret of how any kind of network grows.