"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
Residents are the heart and soul of a community. It's time we hear from and listen to Muscatine residents' needs and dreams for our community. The data collected will help guide the City's next Comprehensive Plan - a map of the City's actions for the next 10 years. Together, we have the potential to steer our community in the direction we want it to go!
Muscatine Community Heart & Soul is an initiative to involve all residents in conversations to improve our community. Community Heart & Soul is a tested community-development model used in over 90 small cities and towns across America. It will enable us to build on the valued strengths of our community to continually improve Muscatine in ways residents want to see.
Heart & Soul is an exciting process for a community! It is a way to meet our neighbors at events like block parties, community forums, competitions for kids and families, at common gathering places, etc. Hosting these events and having meaningful conversations along the way will help us involve citizens in generating ideas to act upon.
Heart & Soul uses an inclusive, affirming approach to strengthening communities. Our focus is on building what is working and valued in our community while ensuring all voices are incorporated into solutions.
The entirety of the City of Muscatine will be included in the project by three geographic phases to provide an in-depth delivery of Heart & Soul in each unique area (indicated on map). This strategy will allow all residents to share their thoughts and perspectives on their neighborhoods as well as the overall community.
The findings in each area will be shared throughout the community, helping us collectively find common ground and values. Data will be collected at events, by listening to resident stories and experiences and distributing our community survey.
THREE KEY PRINCIPLES:
Crucial to the model, these three guiding principles are at the core of Heart & Soul and keep the staff on track to focus on the residents throughout the process. They are designed to help uncover areas for improvement while building lasting relationships across our community. They are:
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
PLAY THE LONG GAME
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
– Helen Keller.
Phase area map