Bill Fulton is the founder and Executive Director of The Civic Canopy, a leading edge nonprofit that helps civic sector organizations become more effective at meeting critical social needs. At the core of the Canopy’s work is the practice of creating learning communities that bring the right people to the table, provide them with the information they need, and equip them with the best tools to work and get results together.
Several weeks ago, the office of Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock launched a two-part community engagement strategy to gather public input on important financial issues facing the City of Denver. A series of public forums put keypad polling devices in the hands of city employees and Denver residents to test the best ideas for how to address the City’s financial challenges. The Mayor also unveiled a new participatory budgeting tool encouraging public feedback on key topics relative to fixing Denver’s budget gap. The new interactive tool, Delivering Denver’s Future, gives residents a unique opportunity to weigh in on how to fix the city’s broken budget.