A Charlotte neighborhood group recently told the Observer that it was tired of inviting speakers who gave lectures college-style. Something was missing. So instead, the group decided to encourage dialogue with the public officials who addressed them by placing chairs in a circle.
In a series of meetings sponsored by Knight Foundation - with elected officials, county staff and'nonprofit leaders - Matt shared characteristics of good community engagement.
They included: Having people talk about what they care about and their'experiences to create common ground; giving a fair presentation of'options to be considered, not just one plan for reaction; and presenting'the expectation of action so that participants see themselves as part of'the solution.
Having candidates sit in a circle actually talking with folks would seem to fit into Matt's framework.