Civic Managers gained the most empathy from the other voices of the ITC2013 Learning Lhabitat . In the closing circle, Cityzens in particular, were heard to declare, “I never realized the role of Civic Manager was so challenging. I have a whole new respect for Civic Managers.”
Here is how Civic Managers described their voice in the City. They recognized that the Civic Manager voice speaks from the Integral City’s Upper Right Quadrant – where I have called it the voice of the city’s brain – the voice of City Hall, Education, Health Authorities, Justice, Emergence Response and other city institutions.
In their own words Learning Lhabitat Civic Managers described themselves as:
- Voice of the skeptic
- Measurers of results
- Rewarders of success
- Punishers of failure
- Staying on course
- Have an objective view orientation
- Subject to information overload
- Allied with Integrators / InnerJudges
- Keep the structures that work in place with justice
- Balance the new with valuable heritage
- Guide Cityzen Voice
Learning “Lhabitants” recognized that the role that Civic Managers play is to identity the values, needs and goals of the city, and invite conversations with multiple stakeholders – especially those in the Lower Left Quadrant where Civil Society is present.
As it becomes ever-more urgent to pay attention to the five BIG threats to the city (climate change, water, energy, food and finance) Civic Managers need the participation of multiple voices. Civic Managers want to identify needs and goals so that all Civic Managers, can work together. Their role calls them to make relevant resource allocation to balance and makes workable, what is necessary to maintain the heritage of city life that Cityzens value, with what is emerging that is new and necessary to adapt to threats and align opportunities that Diversity Generators are creating.