Looking Toward the Future and Listening for New Voices in Shaping Policy in Seattle

The City of Seattle, a finalist in the second round of the City Accelerator, is focused on creating an inclusive, scalable and adaptive path for growth through more effective public engagement.
by The City of Seattle | March 18, 2015 AT 11:00 AM
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This summary is a part of Seattle's application to a City Accelerator cohort on engagement. Your feedback on the videos will inform final selection of the cities. Give the videos a star rating and leave comments below!

What is Seattle proposing?

The city of Seattle is focused on creating an inclusive, scalable and adaptive path for growth through more effective public engagement. Seattle is looking to engage its residents in updating its 20-year growth plan, anticipating 120,000 new residents and 115,000 new jobs in the next 20 years. The city also wants to keep people engaged as they go from planning to implementation. The City Accelerator would help Seattle design and implement its approach and structures that would sustain it over time.

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Dennis Moore

On: 11-13-2015

most worthy & importantly: "The city also wants to keep people engaged as they go from planning to implementation." This could thus be a huge improvement over past strategic-planning-processes to date.

Linda T-M

On: 04-16-2015

Awesome.

Thom

On: 04-02-2015

Seattle already does things right. Take it to the next level Mayor Murray!

James Amspacher

On: 04-02-2015

This would be great!

Anonymous

On: 04-02-2015

Seattle is leading the way!

Anonymous

On: 04-02-2015

Seattle is leading the way!

Alan Kasperski

On: 04-02-2015

an approach whose time has come, should have come many, many, many years ago for any city, town, or village.

Scott Thomsen

On: 04-02-2015

This is a forward-looking approach to re-engage the community in the process of government. Using social media tools to increase participation could take a big city and give it the kind of participation you tend to see only in very small communities.

Valerie Pacino

On: 04-02-2015

I appreciate the focus on equitable outreach and engagement.

mary johnson

On: 04-02-2015

Reaching out to all the citizens using a multimodal format is a good idea.

EB

On: 04-02-2015

I echo S Mains concerns completely - techno solutions with a widening digital divide will exacerbate the racial and economic injustice even more.

S Mains

On: 04-02-2015

low income/people of color will not necessarily use social media--technology looking for a solution. Seattle needs to go into the communities for one-on-one communications. No comments on problems of communities of color in Seattle. No (maybe one) people of color talking in the video.

Bill Clemons

On: 04-01-2015

OMG Seattle is killing it. Accelerate this!

tntorg

On: 04-01-2015

Well done Seattle

David

On: 03-31-2015

Absolutely! Seattle, has really demonstrated its commitment to meaningful engagement. It has already built effective tools to engage underrepresented communities while expanding overall engagement. Their proposal would stand on this work and could create unprecedented results.

Dana

On: 03-30-2015

Cities without a plan to engage increasingly diverse residents and neighborhoods will stagnate. Kudos to Seattle for recognizing the need and acting to do something about it.

Scott

On: 03-30-2015

Great idea (and one many others have already launched) but needs to accurately measure engagement somehow. My community has a YouTube channel and the only metrics are the number of views or number of Facebook friends/likes...

rosa maria grijalava

On: 03-27-2015

Good video because promotoras

E.M.Cala

On: 03-26-2015

Good project and purpose for the elected officials to follow; engage the private sector IN YOUR backyard! (Think Microsoft, Boeing and others). The elected officials in Seattle need to get together with their constituents and identify the valuable resources these companies and individuals can offer the city to CONNECT. Just, the experiences Starbucks has in connecting to customers from around the world is a start in COMMUNICATING with diverse cultures and languages. Also, Seattle has some great motivated individuals that can already help tackle these issues. Reaching out to all of the residents in an equal way through the city's valuable business, academic and social sectors is the purpose of the city's officials.

Jennifer Potter

On: 03-26-2015

What's the plan to reach the population that can't afford technology or don't know where to find resources to get involved?

Alexandra

On: 03-25-2015

Yes please!

Seattle Citizen

On: 03-23-2015

Congrats Seattle! I hear the Citizen Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board (CTTAB) is exploring innovative social tools that capture citizen sentiment based on social media, like Twitter and Facebook!

James

On: 03-22-2015

Get your ultraviolent police under control first.

Nicole P

On: 03-21-2015

Excellent video!

Brandon F.

On: 03-21-2015

Fingers crossed!

a non

On: 03-21-2015

This looks like a money dump for negligible value in return. Cities need to focus on what ought to be core competencies - police, fire, road maintenance, schools, parks, and in Seattle's case City Light. Not foofy nonsense like this. Please don't participate and definitely please don't spend our taxes on this junk.

Jay

On: 03-21-2015

Love it. We can fill meeting rooms at work in order to participate in public forums.

Rich

On: 03-21-2015

Go Sea-Town!

Anonymous

On: 03-21-2015

Clear, concise and well thought out plan. Involvement encouraged at all levels in multiple channels. I can't wait!

Anonymous

On: 03-21-2015

Yes please

Anonymous

On: 03-20-2015

Seattle residents need this engagement!

Mark

On: 03-20-2015

Great way to engage young people. Get them involved and excited early on...great way to keep them engaged for a lifetime.

KLW

On: 03-20-2015

The idea that I can participate in my community from home is going to be a game changer. As a part time worker and full time parent, this is huge. When I do go back to full time work, this would allow me to still have a seat at the table planning what my communities future holds.

Anonymous

On: 03-20-2015

Equitable outreach needed, and embed / align this process into other outeach and engagement efforts

Tracey

On: 03-18-2015

Seattle's rapid growth will require great planning, assistance AND community engagement to maintain a healthy, vital community in the years ahead.