Friday, December 05, 2014
Change Commission Meeting Times, Please
Deferring to staff preferences, one Commissioner wants to keep the City Commission meeting time at 5 PM.
As two Denver environmental activists at the Environmental Information Network wrote 20 years ago in "The Control Game," organizations deter citizen participation using a number of manipulative tactics, including this one:
Tactic 1 -- Make it impossible for people to be involved: These typical control tactics set things up so that it's difficult and inconvenient for interested parties such as the affected public to participate.
* Meetings are scheduled at inappropriate locations or times; i.e., during regular working hours, highway rush hours, dinner times, or deliberately conflicting times with similar interest meetings. Strict meeting "guidelines" and use of question cards discourages real dialogue and keeps attendees under control…..
Read "The Control Game" before attending your next government meeting.
As Captain Marko Ramius says in the Tom Clancy movie, "The Hunt for October":
"I know their tactics. I have the advantage."