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Ward 14 Meet The Candidates Citizen’s Questions

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Recently we had two forums in Ward 14 with the candidates for Cleveland City Council.  Questions were submitted in writing by audience members.


I find it quite interesting the broad range of question asked by two different audience.  I will compare the topics again in a later post but right now, I am so proud of my friends and neighbors,  The are informed, knowledgeable and engaged in their neighborhoods and community.

We can learn a lot from them on how democracy works.

Ward 14 citizen questions focused on the following topics:

  • Attracting residents
  • Community development investment
  • Youth programs
  • Civility
  • Local organization collaboration
  • Senior citizen low-income assistance programs
  • "Green" sustainability program development
  • Hispanic Village development
  • Residency of government officials
  • Universal local representation
  • Clark Avenue strategic planning
  • Council and police collaboration

Ward 14 Citizen Questions Meet The Candidates Forum No. 2 by The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)

Meet The Candidates

Ward 14 citizen questions focused on the following topics:

  • Jobs
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Faith-based economic development
  • City Dumping
  • Recycling
  • Civic engagement to inform strategic planning
  • Code enforcement
  • Street maintenance
  • Senior citizen service programs
  • Thoroughfare improvements

Ward 14 Citizen Questions Meet The Candidates Forum No. 1 by The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)

Written by Gloria Ferris

September 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

"from sharing to cooperation to collective action"

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This is Tim, writing for Gloria. We were both going over a book Carole Cohen gave Gloria to while away the hours at Metro, and we had an “aha” moment we wanted to share with all of you. Here’s a  excerpt from pages 47 & 48 of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations by Clay Shirky:

For the last hundred years the big organizational question has been whether any given task was best taken on by the state, directing the effort in a planned way, or by businesses competing in a market. This debate was based on the universal and unspoken supposition that people couldn’t simply self-assemble, the choice between markets and managed effort assumed that there was no third alternative. Now there is. Our electronic networks are enabling novel forms of collective action, enabling the creation of collaborative groups that are larger and more distributed than at any other time in history. The scope of work that can be done by noninstitutional groups is a profound challenge to the status quo.

The collapse of transaction costs makes it easier for people to get together–so much easier, in fact, that it is changing the world.

Written by Gloria Ferris

December 30th, 2008 at 9:48 am