LOVELAND, Colo., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unlike Egypt, the US does have free elections, but is that enough? Is our government really listening to its citizens? How much more listening does our government need to do and how important is it?
"In order for government to function well it should listen to its citizens between elections. Involving the public helps prevent angry demonstrations and produces better decisions. A few of our governmental institutions understand this, but many do not," says Dr. Dixie Schmatz, a leading authority on public participation in government.
Some points that Dixie can explain are:
- Under what circumstances should citizens be included in decisions?
- Why are citizens often not included when they should be? This is not that different from the countries that are currently experiencing major upheaval.
- What can citizens in the US do to be heard?
Dixie Schmatz, Ph.D. has been involved with public participation for over 20 years as both a practitioner and consultant. Dixie has developed plans and facilitated public meetings that successfully resolved divisive, tumultuous situations. Her ability to design and lead effective public participation resulted in completion of numerous projects that otherwise would have been derailed by irate citizens. She is the author of two soon-to-be-published books, a handbook and a story relating to public participation. She is glad to share her expertise to help citizens and officials better understand the why, when and how of citizen involvement as a way to prevent public turmoil. To learn more visit her website at http://www.involvecitizens.info . To interview her, call 970-669-7826 at any time.
For more information, contact Dixie Schmatz at 970-669-7826.
SOURCE Dixie Schmatz, Ph.D.