The Civil Citizen blog was created with the intention to provide education, current information and discussion about civil civic engagement that I hope you will find entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking to inspire the Civil Citizen within.
Who is the Civil Citizen?
I am a nobody and nobodies can do anything. Many think that you need money and power to change the government and the world order. That is not true as is evident today in Tunisia and Egypt. In communities all over the United States and all over the world. Anyone can make a positive change and can civilly and effectively engage their government. I have learned from scratch and I will teach you. I have earned the leadership positions in my town but learning, caring , knowing how the system works and working that system to make positive change in my community.
Why do we need Civil Citizens?
Because the more people are involved in the decisions of government as civil citizens the better it is for all of us. It is important that we engage in even the toughest most divisive of issues in a civil way that we can all walk away from at the end of the day. It is important that we create communities not just to exist in but to enjoy and thrive in. The way it is done is by understanding how to effectively engage government given the tools afforded to us by a Democratically based system of government.
What does a Civil Citizen do?
A civil citizen is educated in the systems of their local, state and national government. Civil Citizens are active positive change makers in their community. Some have leadership titles yet many provide support to leaders through volunteer and paid labor, financial support and policy guidance through advocacy and providing them with current, accurate, reality based information.
How does a Civil Citizen get things done?
Civil citizens use correspondence, mindful consumption, citizen initiatives, petitions and campaigns, social networking, interaction with both mainstream and citizen media, and public displays of protest when needed to make positive impact on their community.