We change the question. We take responsibility. Instead of asking “how can I hold others accountable?” ask “how can I hold myself accountable?”
It’s similar to the question we pose in Sanctuary – we shift the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened?”
When we shift the question, and we shift from blame to responsibility, we build relationships and in turn build community.
Democracy is about working together as a team. It includes the following components:
- A group of people working together
- With complementary skills
- Committed to a common purpose
- With common goals and
- A common approach
- For which they hold themselves and each other mutually accountable
We can use civic engagement to build community and democracy to work together to create positive change. What kinds of changes would you like to see in our community?