Importance of Self-organizing communities

I'm becoming increasingly aware of the importance of creating spaces, both physically and virtually, that enable and empower people to self-organize.  Here are a couple of key resources centering around the work of Manfred Hellrigl and the Office of Future Related Issues in the state of Vorarlberg, Austria.

Check out this video of Manfred giving a presentation "From Consumers to Citizens."  This video provides an excellent overview of the important research and understanding gained by Manfred's office over several years and dozens of engagement campaigns and experiments.  His conclusions centre around the importance of self-organizing and random-selection in giving citizens opportunities to become engaged in improving the quality of life in their communities.

Manfred emphasizes focusing on what's working and developing a shared vision for the future.  He remains very enthusiastic about the use of randomly-selected Creative Insight Councils, such as those we used here in Victoria to help the city update the Official Community Plan.

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