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Empowering The People

lou suSi

how do We The People — the common, everyday citizens of the US and the world — actually participate in government and leadership? i don't even know the basics beyond voting, which i see as a mere illusion of democratic processes

i want to actually participate

i'm tired of protests — both online and in the streets

protesting doesn't work well enough

can we create a list of resources / processes the empower greater citizen-level participation in governing / leading the way?

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  • lou suSi

    thank you for your encouragement, very nice suggestions

    i guess if i'm going to preach about participation i should probably put my money where my mouth is and start digging in — i guess its a lot easier to feel disempowered &/or complain than to actually actively figure out what i CAN accomplish and maybe set the course for others to participate, too, as a living example of what's possible and how to go out and do it

    i guess i'm always thinking at that Big Picture level and want to change really ginormous and impossible systems for the better, but i think any chunk that can be bitten into to start really helping out might start to make a difference on an individual level, right?

    at least that sounds like the idea

    i really appreciate your input / feedback / encouragement :]

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Awesome! Glad we can do that for you! Please update us if you ever get to it. I know some people sign up to run Neighborhood Councils. It's a low barrier to entry- I wonder if you have those in your city?

  • Jelena Woehr

    Run for office! No, seriously. There are probably small local offices that are having trouble even finding enough candidates, much less excellent ones. In my hometown, Arvada, wise people who want to get more involved in politics start by running for the fire board or water board. Those little local offices that 90% of your neighbors don't know exist are the few remaining ways to run for an elected office mostly by handshakes and relationship-building, not fundraising and ads. I strongly encourage it and have two close friends running for their first fire board seat this year :)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Have you ever considered getting involved in Community Organizing like on Idealist or using a tool like Nation Builder or Nextdoor to help mobilize a nonprofit or organization or even Neighborhood Councils? I think that that's a way to feel empowered- or starting your own micromovement on through a DO. Not sure if being involved in politics is necessary to make change, unless you want to be involved specifically in legal changes. I suggest you find your purpose on Imperative to see how to best use your skills for change!