Updated: Jan 15
The October edition of Municipal World is now available: www.MunicipalWorld.com As always, it is jam-packed with practical wisdom for local government leaders, public servants & community builders.
This month's Civic Academy column by Diane Kalen-Sukra is called "Pride and Ignorance" and explores the role of civic pride in community building and contrasts that with effective citizenship. Full column here. Excerpt below:
Lack of civic knowledge often means a lack of civic participation.
Lack of civic skills – such as critical thinking, listening, and communications skills – makes participating in healthy public debate unlikely.
Lack of education on citizen rights enables abuses of power to go undetected.
Lack of education on citizen responsibilities encourages finger-pointing, blaming, and demanding personal needs be met, without discerning or even considering the common good or public interest.