This week we're going through the many levels of civic engagement that you can find in Florida. Carson Cooper introduces us to the up-and-coming political &new-wave," and describes how the use of high-tech social networking is becoming the norm. Irene Mayer talks with members of a Pasco County group, Protectors of Florida’s Legacy, that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. The group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, and created an eyesore for the community. Irene also sits down with a community organizer from the NAACP, and a local activist from Florida Voices for Animals, to see how they use different approaches to achieve their goals. Larry Elliston introduces us to Stefani Busansky. Inspired by her daughter's 2001 diagnosis of cerebral palsy, Busansky turned her dream of a playground where kids of all abilities could play together into a reality.
At every level, our democracy is built on the input of citizens in the governing process. Civic Engagement can mean being part of that process, like speaking out about issues that affect you. This week, we'll look at how people become engaged citizens and the role the media plays in encouraging or informing that involvement.
Irene Maher speaks with Pasco County activists from Protectors of Florida's Legacy, a group that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. Members of the group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, creating an eyesore for the community.
Florida Matters host Irene Maher sits down with two community organizers - Don Brown from the NAACP's Florida Conference, and Nikki Benoit from Florida Voices for Animals - to discuss how they use different approaches to achieve their goals.
Listen to Dena Leavengood talk about the media's role in community involvement and how well advocacy groups are covered in local media. (1:41)
Listen to Leavengood talk about the limitations of using an e-mail list like Tomorrow Matters to make people aware of issues in their community. (1:11)
Listen to Kelly McBride outline how the economic model of local media is changing. (1:31)
Listen to McBride explain how news and information consumers will have to learn to sort through all of the information available on the Web and through social networks. (2:15)
Listen to McBride consider whether there is a lack of civic education in schools. (1:55)
Listen to Robert Blount describe his vision of the ministry's work in the future and how the community can work together to improve services for ex-offenders. (1:11)
Listen to Robert Blount explain why Abe Brown Ministries doesn’t accept government funding for its programs. (2:11)
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Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.
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