A key challenge everywhere, of course, is engaging citizens as co-producers.
Citizens are the greatest untapped asset in the production of community well-being. Yet, agencies that deliver public services rarely engage citizens – strategically, operationally or financially – as contributors to social outcomes for which the agencies are held accountable and which the citizens actually enjoy. Too often, citizens are treated as merely objects of policy and recipients of services, rather than as active participants in the changes that will directly affects their lives.
Providers of services to the public must work to develop the contribution of citizens with whom they can collaborate – by educating, supporting and including them in more informed discourse and in co-production of outcome improvement.
Collaborate Foundation hopes to work with service providers, political leaders and citizens to explore new ways to help make that happen.