The Bowling Green Civic Assembly
The Civic Assembly is a pilot process for strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media in communities. The Assembly is built around a novel ‘self-generating’ online survey methodology called Polis, in which survey participants respond to statements made by one another, resulting in dynamic opinion groups. A successful Pol.is survey produces a statistical portrait of the concerns and priorities of a community. Unlike conventional surveys, this process often leads in unpredictable directions.
The Bowling Green Civic Assembly consists of three phases. The survey, or Virtual Town Hall, takes place over the course of a week on the website of the local daily news. The results of the Virtual Town Hall will then structure the agenda for a large public forum--a traditional Town Hall meeting with local elected and community leaders. The following day, a small Community Workshop will connect participants with local civic groups working on issues surfaced in the survey. Our local partners on this initiative include the Bowling Green Daily News and media consultant Sam Ford.
- Virtual Town Hall, February 4 - 10, 2018
- Town Hall, Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Community Workshop, Friday, February 23, 2018
The three phases of the Civic Assembly, held between February 4th-10th, 2018, are an approach to helping communities by strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media.
Over 2,000 people participated in our 'Pol.is' online civic conversation in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This report unpacks the Bowling Green results and explains the methodology.
American Press Institute: "How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships," by Cole Goins (September 4, 2018)
Bowling Green Daily News: "Community workshop sheds light on local issues, closes civic assembly," by Don Sergent (February 23, 2018)
Bowling Green Daily News: "Let's talk: Town hall brings residents, public officials together," by Don Sergent (February 23, 2018)
Bowling Green Daily News: “Town Hall portion of Civic Assembly is Thursday,” by Don Sergent (February 21, 2018)
Bowling Green Daily News: "First-ever civic assembly gives residents chance to be heard," by Don Sergent (February 4, 2018)