According to the City Observatory report from 2020, the smaller the city the lesser the chances for civic engagement for its citizens. We are responding to that issue by leading workshops on civic engagement for individuals living in three small towns in Lower Silesia Voivodeship with populations under 20,000. As part of the project, we will strengthen the direct democratic process by engaging in public consultations, giving the participants a chance to express their views and be heard, and improving the communication when working on public issues.
We will train representatives from three municipalities (12 individuals from offices and social activists) about public consultations and civic participation. We will organize meetings that will help us identify issues that are important to the communities and will have public consultations in municipalities that are participating in the project. We will also train individuals in conducting these consultations and then support them in planning and running the consultation process in their respective towns. Later, we will have reports pertaining to each of the municipalities that will contain: the description of the context and the subject of the consultations, minutes from the consultations, gathered opinions, including responses from the Municipality Office, summary, and a description of the local partners’ role. In the end, we will prepare a promotional video. During the consultation process we will record short statements from the participants on their general impressions and observations gathered during the consultation process, as well as possible recommendations.