What makes me so optimistic about this project is the way that the private sector, citizens, and government have worked together to make it happen.
In the cities of the future, governments and the private sector will reach out to citizens and ask with sincerity, What do you want our society to look like?
Confidential meetings and closed-door decision making in our city halls will become more and more rare. Talk of profit margins will be replaced with conversations about customers’ quality of life. We are nearing an age when the consciousness will shift; where societies once valued sentiment and rhetoric and individualism we will come to embrace research and best practices and shared success.
It is time that our communities started working together for what’s Best, not just what’s best for us, or best right now.
We’ve got something happening right now in Norfolk that is pushing this consciousness forward–or that at least has the potential to. It’s called Generation Norfolk, and it has a chance to help Norfolkians define for themselves what their city of the future looks like.
The premise is simple. The private sector–specifically, the Greater Norfolk Corporation–has worked with local young professionals (myself included) to develop a survey evaluating quality of life in Norfolk and Hampton Roads. The survey aims to answer the questions ‘Are you happy here?’ and ‘What would make you happier?’ From the results a community action plan will be developed and, we hope, implemented. What makes me so optimistic about this project is the way that the private sector, citizens, and government have worked together to make it happen. Last Tuesday Mayor Fraim issued a proclamation at City Council naming January “Brain Gain” month in the City of Norfolk. Which is just talk, of course, but it goes to show that not only is the City paying attention, they want to see Generation Norfolk succeed.
The whole thing only works with the participation of the passionate, dedicated, and informed citizens. People like you, my AltDaily reading friend. The first step is completing the survey, which went live last week. For now it is just a survey, but the potential for it to be more is real.
Click this thing to take the survey:
More on Generation Norfolk:
Project Overview: Citizens Making the NFK Metro Area Brighter, One Locally-Fueled Initiative at a Time
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