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Fuelling Our Civic Imagination: How Foresight Can Support Civic Engagement

Dalinda, Aurelia (2016) Fuelling Our Civic Imagination: How Foresight Can Support Civic Engagement. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Dalinda, Aurelia
Abstract:

Civic engagement and foresight are connected ideas, as citizens utilize their civic imagination to work towards a picture of a better future – their preferred future. There are some key ingredients to enabling civic engagement – social capital, a sense of belonging, and trust – which are building blocks of the development of a sense of agency. Agency is the belief that one is capable of action, critical for the world of today. New ideas and issues are always emerging that have an impact on society, and communities, civil society organizations and institutions need to be monitoring for potential impacts or threats to our democratic ideals. By engaging with our civic imaginations, or our alternatives to current social, political, economic or civic environments, society can start describing what it is we are willing to work towards together. Through a horizon scan and trends analysis, several drivers, strategies, opportunities and recommendations are put forward to enable civic engagement, by invoking our civic imaginations in order to ensure it remains part of our collective future.

Date: 12 September 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civic Engagement, Citizen Engagement, Social Capital, Belonging, Trust, Agency, Civic Imagination, Foresight.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 14:52
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 14:52
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1169

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