February 24, 2010

Do You Live in Burlington?

If you do, you might have already heard about a new initiative taking place, Shape Burlington. It's a committee formed to talk to citizens about civic engagement.

Yeah, talking about talking. But for a change, it's more about listening. Know why it's going to work? Because we're not politicians.

Why do I know so much about Shape Burlington? Because I'm on the Steering Committee. Because I'm the Communications Director. Ha!

We are drafting up a formal report that will be made to the public, the mayor and the council. We are asking as many people as we can for their ideas, their concerns, and their opinions.

Want to be heard? Attend one of the public meetings starting tonight, tomorrow night, and then on March 2. Go to the website and take a survey. Go to the website and say your piece in the forums. Or email me directly and outline everything you've ever wanted to say about Burlington.

I spent yesterday with 3 Civics classes at a local high school. We're going to conduct roundtable meetings with students as well. If your kid is in high school, contact us and we can go and make them part of this. I don't care if they don't vote yet - I want to know what they think about their city.

I'll be at the March 2 public meeting. Please come out to one of them - tonight, tomorrow, March 2 - and join in. It's not a townhall meeting where people line up at a microphone to yell at each other. It's discussions amongst real citizens, conducted by real citizens, and facilitated by people like me.

Want to change Burlington? Then help Shape Burlington.

Lots of info at the website linked.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lorraine, I have a son at MMRobinson who has the Civics course this semester. I'd love to see you go there and get his opinion. I'm sure he can comment on every arena and football field in the city! Tonight and tomorrow night are out for me, but I will be there March 2nd. Here's hoping this really does something.
Thanks for getting involved!

February 24, 2010 8:52 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Very impressed with your civic spirit Lorraine.A city can only benefit when natives support and help plan its growth. I dearly wish where I live was as supportive of ideas and suggestions. Hey, can anyone tell me how to log my google ID on? I can't make mine work!

February 24, 2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

MMR Parent:

Yay! Will see you on the 2nd!

There's a link on the site for schools to contact us. Just shoot an email over with some info, or have you son or a teacher or principal do it. It'll come to me anyway, and we'll take it from there!

February 24, 2010 11:26 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

If I wore a hat, I'd tip it in your direction. Way to put your money where your mouth is -- so to speak.

February 27, 2010 2:18 PM  

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