Resonance, Relationships, Reciprocity: Moving toward sustainable, deep community engagement
Presenter: Dr. Donna Emmanuel (University of North Texas)
By seeking out others who share our interests and passions, we can start off with shared resonance that might make interactions easier and more meaningful, particularly if we involve everyone from the initial planning stages. Also, by nurturing and maintaining relationships, rather than a one-time event, it is more likely the activity itself might become more sustainable across time. We must also consider that reciprocity is much more than “if you do this, I’ll do that.” This session focuses on the key principles of authentic engagement and how important these are to sustainable, effective interactions that have the greatest meaning for all participants.