Over the past few years, we’ve all been taking a crash course in civics. Many of us have made the leap from being voters to being activists. Since the first Women’s March in 2017 to the advent of Indivisible groups, we’ve become more involved in our government and our communities than ever before.
MNxMN grew out of this movement toward activism. We realized that taking action means something greater than politics. It’s about valuing people – all people. That led us to our mission: “To educate and connect Minnesotans for empowered civic engagement.” But what does that really mean?
Civic engagement is defined as:
The process of connecting individuals in society with one another, to share common interests and work for the common good. To be engaged is to care about your community, working with others to make it a more positive place to live, work, and socialize.
SOURCE: Study.com (Erin Krcatovich)
This is the basis for a truly democratic society. In the hectic pace of our busy lives, it’s easy to forget that government of the people, by the people and for the people is all about We The People. Everyone who lives in our community, our state and even our country has a right and a responsibility to participate for democracy to work.
MNxMN recognizes three distinct values at the heart of civic engagement:
With that in mind, we bring a new focus to the MNxMN blog: Civic Engagement 101. Watch this space for information on the issues Minnesotans face, how you can get involved in your community or in our state, how our government works, and how to make connections and build your skills to make a difference.
How can we support your civic engagement? If there are issues or topics you would like us to cover, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.