These meetings give the citizens an opportunity to actively interact and be heard when it comes to topics they feel strongly about. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to community participation.

Positive Community Engagement Will Take Your Meetings to the Next Level

Community engagement is a major part of local government meetings.

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These meetings give the citizens an opportunity to actively interact and be heard when it comes to topics they feel strongly about. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to community participation.

Effective community engagement methods provide a platform for participatory local democracy by allowing citizens to participate directly in shaping policy decisions that will influence their community’s future. In attempts to rebuild and create trust in government, meaningful involvement based on a two-way communication process between the public and their elected community leaders can play a significant role. Local governments’ attempts to improve social justice and inclusion will also include community participation and outreach programs.

Remote meetings and other new and quickly growing communications technology are giving local governments more options to interact and engage with the public. More people are online now, and local governments that use digital tools to engage with them will be more effective.

City or county council/commission meetings can be confusing and daunting for first-time attendees. Many municipal governments provide guidelines and ideas to help new attendees or anyone else who might need some help with how to participate effectively in meetings. These are frequently found on the websites of legislative bodies, advisory boards, and commissions. At meeting locations, printed versions can be distributed.

Local governments use web-based platforms or phone conferencing technologies to engage with the public and allow individuals to attend and participate in public meetings using remote meeting technology.

When public health rules on social distancing rendered in-person meetings impossible during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote meetings became the standard meeting format. They are, however, likely to remain a feature of our post-pandemic world as local governments seek new ways to foster community involvement and participation. Hybrid meeting formats, which combine in-person and virtual participation, may become the new normal in the future.

 

This is where the OpenMeeting software comes into play. Specifically the Public Display, which was built with your community in mind. When citizens are able to attend meetings in person, it might be difficult for them to hear and see everything that is going on, and it can be nearly impossible for them to interact when they are not physically present. The Public Display provides meeting graphics that are accessible both in person and on the web, making it much easier for bystanders to understand what is being discussed and absorb the more detailed proceedings of a public meeting.

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