The practice of civic reflection builds community, deepens understanding, and strengthens commitment to civic life by helping people think and talk about the meaning of their work in the world.
Here is a selection of specific, proven ways that civic reflection is making an impact.
Reflection and dialogue help individuals better understand the complexities of civic work and their own purpose in relation to public service. Through exposure to civic reflection, individuals develop a stronger commitment to communities and civic life.
In addition to the development of skills such as facilitation and critical thinking, individuals develop a number of leadership qualities through civic reflection discussions. These qualities include the ability to understand diverse perspectives, build relationships across difference and clearly articulate one’s own thoughts and beliefs.
Civic reflection can have a profound impact on how people talk across difference. Civic reflection conversations often provide a deeper understanding of one’s own choices and values, and a forum to better understand the diverse perspectives of others.
Civic reflection engages diverse people in meaningful conversations, helping them to understand themselves and their communities. This leads to strengthened community relationships and deepened networks within and across communities.
Groups practicing ongoing civic reflection have experienced increased retention and renewal rates, deepened volunteer commitment, and strengthened relationships with staff, volunteers, and the communities they serve. Civic reflection reminds people why they do what they do and makes their work more sustainable in the process.
The practice of civic reflection helps individuals build tangible skills that translate directly to increased effectiveness at work and improved relationships through service. From critical thinking and analysis, to active listening and facilitation skills, a broad skill-set is developed through civic reflection trainings and discussions.