The Commonwealth continues to take a leadership role in civic engagement. Following on the first ever (that I know of) state summit on civic engagement in November (blog post here), some 700 delegates attended the first ever (that I know of) city-wide civic summit on May 3, 2008. I laid out a “big hairy audacious goal” in my lunchtime keynote that we might strive by 2020 to pack the Boston Convention Center that held the summit by attracting 30,000 delegates. [One way to increase the numbers would be to invite more youth and teachers of young Bostonians.]
I hope that these city-wide and state-wide summits become annual events since they are a great way to inspire people working on the front lines and help them network and learn from others that are innovating in this area. I also hope that other states and cities pick up on Massachusetts’ and Boston’s leadership in this area.
Alan Khazei gave a great morning keynote, there were very substantive and wortwhile breakout groups in the morning to learn about topics like communications, fundraising, voter engagement, and community organizing. And the afternoon provided an opportunity to use AmericaSpeaks’ technology to let city activists learn what issues were collectively important.
Justin C. Holmes, Chief of Policy and Communications, Office of Boston City Council President Maureen E. Feeney, sent out this outline of the Summit back in early April.
Engage. Inform. Inspire. Together
The Boston Civic Summit is a first of its kind effort to assemble Boston area civic and community leaders from every neighborhood with the purpose of having an open discussion on how we can strengthen the vitality of city life by promoting greater civic engagement and fostering dialogue between community groups.
At the Summit you will hear directly from many of Boston’s most committed and dynamic civic leaders as they share with you best practices for creating positive change in their neighborhoods and how they engage and energize residents around common goals. The Summit will also include practical education sessions designed to provide attendees with a toolkit of skills that will prove useful in managing their organization’s civic mission more effectively to the benefit of their communities.
Who Is the Boston Civic Summit for:
The Boston Civic Summit is for all civically engaged Boston residents, whether they are an organization leader, board member, general member or just concerned citizen. We are bringing together a cross section of leaders in Boston’s neighborhoods — those who are working every day to make the best of our city.
What You Will Do at the Boston Civic Summit:
•Meet other leaders and residents like yourself who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhood
•Learn from some of Boston’s most dynamic civic and cultural leaders about their vision for a better city
•Hear from your peers about what methods and resources helped them create success in their civic mission and learn the skills to do the same
•Celebrate the many organizations and individuals that are already making a difference in our city
•Receive conference and session materials thatwill provide you with new ways to access city information and locate resources to assist you in the growth and development of your organization
Summit at a Glance
Opening Session: “Toward a Better City”
“Building Together” Education Session 1
“Building Together” Education Session 2
Lunch Session: “United We Prosper”
Work Session: “Differences Unite”
Closing Session: “Together Our Future