Urban Agenda is the result of two years of engagement activities that enlisted hundreds of people from the Park Service and partner organizations. The report puts forth a way of working that is more intentional, collaborative and more sustainable. While the Urban Agenda is focused on the work of the NPS in metropolitan areas, ultimately the relevancy and sustainability of every national park can be strengthened by this work.
The Agenda calls all urban park practitioners to embrace three bold principles:
1. Be Relevant to All Americans: reaching new audiences and stories that represent our nation's diverse history; diversifying our workforce to become a true reflection of the American population; and looking at "parks" in new ways and as innovative urban landscapes for new uses.
2. Activate "ONE NPS": aligning NPS parks, programs, and partnerships – the full portfolio of the National Park System.
3. Nurture a Culture of Collaboration: working in collaboration both internally and externally to better serve communities.As part of the Urban Agenda, ten model cities have been selected to provide illustrative examples and demonstrations for how NPS can apply its full portfolio of resources in strategic ways.
The Urban Matters community, a national network of urban professionals, will begin meeting again to discuss ways to activate the Urban Agenda in cities across the country.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.