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ALL U.S. CITIES SHOULD HAVE AN IDEASCALE COMMUNITY WEBSITE

IDEASCALE WEBSITE TYPE IS: "CITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT"

HERE IS A REAL EXAMPLE:

"City of Redmond Community Engagement at IdeaScale"

https://redmond.ideascale.com/

PURPOSE: Members can submit Ideas for improvements to the city, with special emphasis on resilience, awareness, preparedness, and safety.

OTHER IMPORTANT “CITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT” POSTS AT IDEASCALE MAY INCLUDE:

1. An outlet to brainstorm volunteering opportunities.

2. An outlet to brainstorm community events and safety resources that will be required (e.g. 4th of July).

3. An outlet to brainstorm how to further engage groups such as schools or organizations with preparedness topics.

4. An outlet to discuss Ideas that will assist with current trends such as: community endemic dangers or hazards, weather hazards, transportation issues and construction dangers etc.

5. An outlet to discuss Ideas for optimizing the local Emergency Plan

6. An outlet to discuss Ideas for enhancing community protective factors such as: shelters, backup electrical capabilities, water reserves, supply chain issues, neighborhood watch etc.

7. Where to get supplies to create their family or business emergency kit.

Please comment and add more topics that should generally be included on a hypothetical “City Community Engagement” IdeaScale website (as you wish).

Submitted by 6 months ago

Comments (5)

  1. Seems like a very practical idea. Having several moderators from the local community builds confidence. Also, it makes tracking ideas easier than trying to use social media alone.

    6 months ago
  2. Great idea Aaron...can I also add that it would be nice if the site had a Q&A section so that people could ask city leaders about preparedness.

    6 months ago
    1. Aaron Littlefield Idea Submitter

      Thank you Sir, Q&A is a great Idea!

      In candor, I’m a new user, and I had not looked through the campaign template types until tonight…I just finally finished reading all IdeaScale help topics (and exporting them to PDF)…more than half of it was self explanatory.

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      MY THOUGHTS, EXPANDING ON YOUR IDEA: I wanted to know more about your suggestion, and therefore, I was looking at the Campaign Template Types and found them here:

      http://support.ideascale.com/customer/portal/articles/1001418-campaign-settings-campaign

      It looks like the Campaign can only be 1 of 2 types:

      1. Ideation, or

      2. Question and Answer

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      So, therefore, to have the best of both worlds, the City would create their Engagement Community …then it would create 2 Campaigns: One would be Ideation, and the other would be Question and Answer.

      =>The Ideation campaign could be broken into the categories that require the most attention.

      =>The question and answer campaign could be broken into guru categories, for organizational purposes.

      =>The City Community Admin. could manually insert their Google Analytics script just before the last [header] to gauge the members interest in the Ideas under each category.

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      I would definitely add a Q&A campaign to the City Engagement list (that is the perfect type of feedback that helps expanded these Ideas), Thank you!

      6 months ago
  3. Aaron Littlefield Idea Submitter

    Thank you Ms. Mathis! If you have time, please take a peek at the "Richmond engagement community" example link too (if you haven't already)...Watching Richmond IdeaScale City Engagement Community (in action) inspired me to write this Post/Idea (Basically, I was thinking that each City already has its own standard website where they conduct the general city business...and the "IdeaScale City Engagement Community" would be a place that the community could voice their Ideas and contribute to community objectives). The next comment contains some more specific and in-depth information as you wish…

    6 months ago
  4. Aaron Littlefield Idea Submitter

    THIS TOPIC IS BEING CONTEMPLATED AS AN IDEA EXPANSION MISSION HERE:

    http://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/ALL-U-S-CITIES-SHOULD-HAVE-AN-IDEASCALE-COMMUNITY-WEBSITE/62604-29117

    FEMA National Preparedness Community (NPC) Post:

    I also posted this information for awareness purposes (as a more in-depth article) at here:

    http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/messageshowthread?threadid=44910

    THEORY:

    I believe that many National Response Framework goals, and GAO objectives could be brainstormed and partially fulfilled if All Cities had an IdeaScale Engagement Community. Also, all public (Agency and City) engagement goals and other important objectives could be addressed at said Community. There is a REAL LIFE EXAMPLE OF THIS WORKING (IN ACTION) ARTICULATED WITHIN THE “IDEA” INFORMATION SECTION BELOW. Lessons Learned at said IdeaScale City Engagement Communities would then be reflected back to this FEMA NPC Community. Please consider the following:

    CONCESSION:

    Most cities have their own business website where they post various information. Therefore, the IdeaScale “City Engagement Community” would be the website where the City brainstorms Ideas, gains feedback, interacts, and engages with it’s population.

    VALUE:

    IdeaScale is a unique place where DHS, FEMA, and other agencies contemplate Ideas and topics of National, State, and City importance including “community engagement” activities.

    *The public can easily join IdeaScale for free and participate in community engagement, and the Idea Creation Process. It is important for everyone to participate in these activities because it advances National objectives as follows:

    1. Advance the “National Response Framework” (All-Disaster, All-Hazard, All-Inclusion) objectives. Especially “All-Inclusion,” see reference for details:

    (2013) http://www.fema.gov/national-response-framework

    2. Advance GAO objectives. In April 2014, Government Accountability Office, GAO-14-343SP made many recommendations including (REDUCE FRAGMENTATION, OVERLAP, AND DUPLICATION) which included GAO budget goals in (11 areas, 45 opportunities, & 19 actions). They requested that each agency in each city assess these areas, and their needs. See reference for details:

    (2014) http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662327.pdf

    3. I believe it will result in an enhanced “sence of community” especially City connectedness and continuity.

    MINIMUM IDEASCALE CITY ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP:

    LEPC representatives would be mandatory members of a IdeaScale City Engagement Community, and they would potentially have staff from their offices that moderate the dialogue and Ideas that pertain to their aspect or "stake" in the city action plan. Representative from each of the LEPC members include (Ref: n4aof,at a minimum):

    1. Elected state and local officials

    2. Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals

    3. Environment, transportation, and hospital officials

    4. Facility representatives

    5. Representatives from community groups and the media

    6 months ago

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