Community/Civic Engagement - Listening

Pauselab believes that their is a vast amount knowledge and experience that resides in every city. Whether stored in the minds of adults, officials, business owners, developers, or children, we work to understand and share this knowledge in order to make thoughtful decision that will effect local neighborhoods,

In order to unlock this information, Pauselab engages communities in dynamic ways to understand their experiences and express their voice. We accomplish this using a variety of tools to make their perspectives tangible. Whether putting a camera in the hand of a child to document what is valuable in their neighborhood or recording the oral histories of the elderly, these modes of listening provide a robust picture of what people know and value.  In doing so we begin to listen to one another, but also create opportunities for building leaders that allows residents to more effectively participate in their own communities.

Definition - Community Engagement

Community Engagement refers to the process of building permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community.

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life
— Jane Addams