Occupy the Voice of Civic Manager in the City

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.”

Civic Managers Managing City Systems

Civic Managers Managing City Systems

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.


By |2017-04-07T02:57:28+00:00August 16th, 2013|city, Learning Lhabitat, Navigating - IVSM, Outer|5 Comments

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  1. 01dd0g August 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    When Civic Managers are considering the water most of us take for granted think about this:

    • There are nearly 1 billion people in the world that don’t have clean, safe water.
    • The women and children that collect water spend approximately 40 billion hours getting it.
    • This detracts from their ability to do other work, or get an education.
    • It takes $20 to supply one of these people with a clean water supply.
    • Each dollar spent provides an economic return of $12.
    • Not least because of the drop in medical care and infant mortality.
    • Can you spare a single dollar for this campaign to bring clean water to 50,000 people?
    • That’s less than a third of the price of a cup of coffee.
    • All money goes to providing water not to admin costs or profit.

    See http://my.charitywater.org/run-old-dog

    If you can’t spare a single dollar, please pass this email on to others that might.

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