GOOD Citizenship Task 14: Invite a City Council Member to Speak to Your Group #30DaysofGOOD

Reach out and get involved.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for February? GOOD citizenship.

Invite a city council member to speak to your group.

If the only politicians you know are the ones you see on TV, it's understandable for you to feel like politics is someone else's job. But getting a chance to meet a public servant up close can be very powerful, and might even inspire you to think about running for office someday.

Most politicians like to be heard and seen, and most will welcome the chance to speak to organized groups of citizens who, as a bloc, can offer attention and feedback. So if you belong to an organized group of any kind, invite a city council member to come speak. Create a hospitable environment where people want to listen and work to find solutions that work for the common good.

Learn how to live like a citizen at The Guiding Lights Weekend conference on creative citizenship March 8-10 in Seattle.

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