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Mark Neikirk ▌ Executive Director ▌ Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement 859-572-1449 ▌ Northern Kentucky University ▌ FH 536. http://civicengagement.nku.edu. What is the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement?.

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Mark Neikirk▌Executive Director ▌Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement859-572-1449 ▌Northern Kentucky University ▌FH 536

http://civicengagement.nku.edu


What is the scripps howard center for civic engagement
What is the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement?

An office at NKU that works to connect the campus and community so that students might enjoy an enriched learning experience and so that the community might get the benefit of the university’s intellectual capital.

OUR MISSION IS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT


“We are committed to treating the metropolitan region as an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

-Strengthening Our Capacity to Serve: NKU’s 2003-2008 Strategic Agenda

NKU puts an emphasis on public engagement


A creation story genesis chapter one
A creation story: Genesis Chapter One an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

  • “…formless and empty, darkness was over …”

  • Three counties, 32 cities plus fire districts, service districts and planning and zoning boards (in a “stepchild city”)

  • No town square

  • Asset: 350,000 people (lots to talk about)

  • Asset: A young university itching for public engagement


Really good programs no audience
Really good programs -- no audience an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Two events in early 2008 ….

  • “Coal Black Horse” and Robert Olmstead

  • Bob Woodruff and the panel that was bigger than the audience


Lessons learned
Lessons learned an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Need:

A brand

Community partners

A committee

A plan/structure

Student connection

http://civicengagement.nku.edu/involved/forum.php


Building the forum
Building the Forum an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Rule No. 1

Don’t fly the plane while you build it.

Rule No. 2

Don’t be afraid to break the rules.

http://civicengagement.nku.edu/involved/forum.php


First event creation story continued
First event: Creation story continued… an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

NKU should be “a safe place for difficult conversations”

Darn good thing, too, (because this was a difficult conversation to stage)

Timely, local – only place it was likely to happen


First event the creation story continued
First event: The creation story continued… an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”


Structure learned from 1 st event
Structure learned from 1 an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”st event

  • Suggestion from the steering committee and/or community

  • Steering committee discussion and decision

  • Ad hoc committee

  • Planning

  • Marketing

  • Event


Love those clickers
Love those clickers an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

  • Audience engagement

  • Panel prompts

  • Audience definition

  • Keep things running on time


Second event november 2008
Second event: November 2008 an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Partnered with the Newspaper Readership Program

Informed by student poll

Timely


Our largest event we got our audience
Our largest event: We got our audience an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Marketing tools

Email

Posters

Postcards

Social networks

A billboard

Bottom line

Audience-building

is hard work

Audience: 260


Eleven forums in 18 months 1 275
Eleven forums in 18 months = 1,275+ an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

  • Mock trial on creation science … 225

  • What’s next for the new president … 80

  • Media literacy … 60 (plus 80 for related event)

  • Town hall with the governor … 260

  • Smoking regulations … 60

  • Urban innovation … 220

  • Inclusion and diversity … 50

  • Health care play/panel … 80

  • Citizen lobbying workshop … 50

  • Newspapers in the information age … 160

  • Local governance dialogue … 70


Most recent event leveraging the forum
Most recent event: Leveraging the Forum an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Faculty lunch with NYT reporter

Student dialogue with NYT reporter

Faculty breakfast with Princeton prof

Classes at the Forum


Most recent event april
Most recent event (April) an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

  • Governance dialogue

  • 1 county, 16 cities

  • Consolidation-adverse culture

  • City-county tension

  • Tool: facilitated reflective listening

  • Target audience: public officials


Outcome white paper
OUTCOME: White paper an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

KEY POINTS OF CONSENSUS

An analysis of the day’s conversation suggests five points of consensus that emerged. This is not to say that every participant agreed on every point. But these five points were evident common ground during the course of the day.

The local government is highly valued. Local government is the government closest to citizens, and therefore valued for its ability to be responsive to taxpayer needs. But this relationship also creates a natural demand for municipal and county services, and meeting those needs is challenging as the cost of basic services rise.

New models of government and governance bear exploration. Kenton County, as a community, should be open to new models of government and governance that pool resources and that assure……………


What s next
What’s next? an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

  • Urban renaissance

  • Health reform

  • Government regulation

  • Death penalty/mock trial?

  • Student-created forum


QUESTIONS? an extension of our campus. We will build partnerships throughout the region that both serve the learning needs of the public and enhance the learning opportunities available to our faculty, staff and students.”

Mark Neikirk |Executive Director | Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement | Northern Kentucky University | Founders Hall 536 | 859-572-1449


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