Public Involvement

Community involvement is the mirror that best reflects our individual choices, our strengths and weaknesses, our accomplishments and failures. It allows our lives to count for something. - Paul Rogat Loeb, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time (St. Martin’s Press) www.soulofacitizen.org

Public involvement is the centerpiece of democracy

True public participation gives citizens a way to shape the future of their environments. UrbanWords Group is committed to strengthening communities through effective public involvement.

We are committed to effective public involvement which:
• Gives people an opportunity for input into community decision-making
• Reaches out to diverse populations
• Inspires residents to get involved
• Identifies and reaches all impacted interests
• Helps decision-makers understand the viewpoints of their constituents
• Instills a sense of ownership and pride by residents in their communities

UrbanWords Group offers…

• Public involvement plans and implementation
• Open houses, meetings and events
• Media coordination and press materials
• Issue and partnership identification
• Speaker training and presentation development
• Small group facilitation
• Stakeholder interviews and focus group research
• Project newsletters, announcements, mailings, reports and Web text
• Project and meeting summaries, reports and case studies

Public Involvement Values

UrbanWords Group is committed to the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation.

We embrace and encourage use of the IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum.

Public Involvement Portfolio - Sample some of our projects.

"True public participation gives citizens a way to shape the future of their environments. UrbanWords Group is committed to strengthening communities through effective public involvement."