Friday, July 15, 2011

Renton City Hall | Access, Interactivity, and the Makings of a Public Commons

Hi Colleagues,

Enjoy this pixel-roll of Renton's City Hall, by David Clark Architects PLLC, a change from Renton's historic city hall:

Reflective glass windows (above)

My first visit to City Hall to meet with a councilmember and Renton Police Chief to share traffic safety concerns and pitch a communication strategy to address those concerns.  I felt impressed that these officials made time to speak with me.  This conversation led to an opportunity to consult Greg Taylor's communication and social media strategy for his re-election campaign.  Contributing a healthy society means transforming problems into opportunities, complaints into strategies, participating with decision-makers and influencers, and contributing my ideas, energy, and work to making a little piece of civic life better (see Parker Follett, 1918).  I appreciate that current leadership demonstrates an openness to communicate and a willingness to network, innovate, and participate.  I encourage civic leaders to continue seeking input and contribution from their constituents to shape Renton's way of life.

Renton is also Ahead of the Curve in its community liaison work with multi-cultural groups to improve emergency preparedness and its energy conscientiousness.  See what philanthropy efforts are underway in Renton's The Next Curve. These efforts can be scaled to many other purposes.  Learn more about Renton via Mayor Denis Law's State of the Union [transcript + video].  

I like most interacting with civic officials at community events.  Renton is Ahead of the Curve in making a public commons in its simplest and cogent form: An involved, conscientious, and forward-thinking government who remembers its roots remains and leaves the office once in awhile to participate face-to-face with constituents.  An interactive and accessible government remains yet another reason why I Love Renton and Renton is a great place to live, work, and play. 



Parker Follett, M. (1918). The new state. Danvers, MA: General Books.