Community Engagement

An unasked question lurks behind our community efforts and forums: What would need to occur for us to no longer sense the need to gather and collectively discuss our future and challenges together? Aside from any aspirations for some kind of socially sterile utopia, the honest answer to this question is, Nothing. Success is not a future where people no longer amass and coalesce around their greatest hopes and problems. Perish the illusion that our workshops somehow alleviate the next generation from the work of civic participation, or renders the complicated tasks of advocacy and policy participation obsolete. Through our collaboration and discourse we find ourselves in the very future that we think lies beyond us. In other words, community betterment always occurs in the present tense, and it is always in season.

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