The original intention was to write one article on Active Citizenship but it’s turned into a lengthy trilogy; like Lord of the Rings, only possibly longer.
Here’s a brief overview and a link to the first article. Hoping to see the second part online soon.
I’ve written something which should be relatable to a wide range of readers; reflections on Leadership, Active Citizenship and cross-cause collaboration.
Many thanks to the Diversity Group for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
Best wishes, David
PART TWO: Civil Participation, Civic Engagement & Beyond.
DAVID E WATTERS
Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another. – Anne Raver
Over the course of this series of articles, it is my intention to explore the concepts of Leadership and Active Citizenship; how these can be differently defined; the limiting perception of “real” activists as opposed to the supposed “slacktivists” and the unintentional exclusion and devaluing of certain types of people who fail to meet our definitions.
Part One, Reflections on Collective Responsibility, can be found here:
In this second part, Civil Participation, Civic Engagement and Beyond, we will look at various views regarding what it means to be an ‘active citizen’, and explore some of the lessons that we can learn from each other.
In the final part of this series, Collective Cross-Cause Collaboration, we will consider how anti-oppression initiatives can be part of our everyday lives; how we can nurture a broader range of strategies to allow for wider participation and finally how we can learn from each other so that collective cross-cause collaboration can accelerate social progress.
I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by its own greatest strength – its diversity. – Melissa Etheridge