Mayor of Gary, Indiana, Karen Freeman-Wilson believes resident engagement is integral to effective governance. Highlighting the important role residents play in helping Gary care for public spaces, Mayor Freeman-Wilson seeks to collaborate with the community: “Not only tell citizens what you’re doing but make them a part of it. We’ve seen that with our comprehensive city plan which we’re engaged in right now. We’re allowing citizens to plan it with the guidance of the professionals… But, by the end of the process, it will be the citizens of Gary’s comprehensive plan.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies has enjoyed a deep relationship with Mayor Freeman-Wilson, and this episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with the Mayor and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. They sat down at the Engaged Cities Award Summit earlier this year, which was hosted by the national nonprofit Cities of Service and recognized creative ways city leaders are harnessing the power of people to solve problems.
They discuss engaging residents, making local government more nimble, and how participating in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative over the past year helped the Mayor sharpen her skills as a consensus builder.
Originally published at www.bloomberg.org.