Lake County Motorist

Suburban Chicagoland commuter and motorist weblog

Community Forum or ‘For Us’? A few thoughts

Were the Lake County Community Forums worthwhile to attend? Depends on what you wanted to get out of them, or what you put into them.

I am a relatively new resident of northern Lake County, and have only recently begun to attend community meetings. I’ll admit that I don’t always know what to expect when I attend one.

The Forum provided an opportunity to meet the “neighbors”, meaning “those from nearby villages”. I also enjoyed hearing their concerns, within the tightly-controlled Forum environment.

Which leads me to another point: The Forum was run like a quiz show, with two questions around which attendees were to focus their feedback in a timed setting. Two highly leading questions, one beginning somewhere along the lines of “In 2015, Lake County is a great place to live because…..”

The intent clearly was to focus attendees to think positively and offer improvement suggestions rather than spend the time complaining about the way things currently are. However, the questions felt somewhat contrived.

Attendees were broken into small groups of 6-8, and a moderator from the consulting group hired by the county ran the feedback sessions. The moderator asked each person to write down their answers to the question, then sought input from each person and wrote the responses on a flip chart.

The format allowed moderators to control the meeting’s pace and wrap it up “on time” (somewhere before 9 p.m.). Nobody was allowed to dominate the sessions with endless commentary. Everything was kept neat, quick and tidy.

A survey was distributed at the end of the Forum, asking attendees what they’d learned about the County during the meeting. I feel that the county learned a good deal about residents’ visions of the future. But how much did residents learn about the County‘s vision?

[Check this blog tomorrow for “A Listener’s Perspective”, part 2 of this post]

Advertisements

Filed under: Urban Planning,

One Response - Comments are closed.

Best in Firefox

Get Firefox

History

April 2008
S M T W T F S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Wordpress Ads

You may see Google Adsense or other advertisements on this site. The ads are placed there by my host, Wordpress.com. Please be aware that Lake County Motorist does not make any money from those ads, nor are the ads visible to me or my regular readers. This web page explains why.

Beyond Lake County

Blogs

Commuter News

Da Locals

Driving

Gas Prices

General

Issues

Lake County FYI

Mass Transit

Miscellany

Road Geeks

Roads

Roadwork Updates

Traffic

Urban Planning

%d bloggers like this: