Taking Steady Steps towards Civic Engagement

loading Brian MacHarg engaging with fellow participants during one of the workshop's interactive sessions.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT or civic participation refers to actions taken by individuals or groups to address issues of public concern. But how does one learn to be civically engaged? How does one inspire others to take responsibility for pressing problems in local communities? To discuss this issue, Penang Institute, together with the US embassy, hosted a workshop called “Learning the Habits of Service: Leading Others in Action” last March. There are four steps towards solving a communal problem based on the universal civic engagement theory, says speaker Brian MacHarg, director of civic engagement at the Appalachian State University. The first step is to ...


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