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American Clock and Watch Museum: Located in Bristol, Connecticut, this museum allows visitors to view more than 5,000 watches and clocks- one of the largest collections in the world. As Connecticut was once America’s clock-making capital, the museum- housed in a historic 1801 home-features eight galleries depicting the history of clockmaking.

The Garbage Museum: This Hartford museum features exhibits on the history of trash management, including live views of a recycling center in action. The Trash Museum shop features souvenirs with a sustainable emphasis.

Educating the public about the issues is important. Soft policies become useful in making people aware of their responsibility to society. When all stakeholders are aware of the issues, the second E-engagement-may commence. Knowledge is shared and issues deliberated on a common engagement platform. The deliberations then empower the stakeholders by giving them an integral role in decision making. Empowered citizens are responsible for their actions, trust the system of governance, and develop a sense of ownership with respect to the decisions made.

The use of ethnographic methods and the creation of platforms for deliberation using various tools and techniques, as discussed in this travel destinations, help educate, engage, and empower the community.

The public’s actions and behavior strongly shape their urban habitat, and are often responsible for the degradation of that habitat. The constraints, while connecting places and connecting people, are not necessarily around subject knowledge and resources, but are around bringing a cultural shift or change. Soft and hard policy measures and the use of ‘carrots’ and ‘sticks’ can work simultaneously and be complementary while facilitating this shift. However, the way in which this shift is made is as important as the shift itself. If the aim is to create a connected place through place making, it becomes important to be inclusive and to involve the people of that place effectively, so they can acknowledge the challenges and work together to find solutions.

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Community engagement in decision making goes a long way to reinforcing the feeling of belonging and ownership and leads to a connected community. A sense of belonging to a place can strongly affect people’s perceptions and strengthens their realization that they are responsible for the urban habitat. policies through opportunities for direct communication and action between professionals and the public, thus producing the most effective collaborative framework. This facilitates a proper appreciation of the wide range of inputs and results in concurrent solutions to address the diverse needs, increasing project efficiency. It is not always easy to bring a diverse community together and keep it interested and involved through the decision-making process. Selecting the appropriate public participation tools for the size and diversity of the community becomes important and must be done carefully to avoid making unmerited decisions and undermining the accountability of governance. For instance, the higher cost of printed participation tools can be a hindrance to some communities, for whom an invitation to a collaborative software workshop platform could be more affordable and attractive. It becomes critical to select the correct engagement tools to maintain the public’s interest and keep the faith between organizers and the community alive. Loss of interest can be restored with the continual evaluation and auditing of the process; however, the subject demands further exploration.

A society with different values, attitudes, social standings, and perceptions can shape political directions affecting policy. Despite the time needed to bring different groups into the decision-making process, and cases of citizen resistance and cash-poor governing bodies, public outreach and engagement have the advantage of smooth implementation with improved efficiency, savings in time and funds, greater citizen satisfaction, and an increased sense of ownership. Such collaborative approaches constitute deliberative democracy and bring the providers and users together, which increases accountability and trust in these processes over the long term.

1 A ‘wicked probem’ is one that is very complex and therefore diffcult or impossible to solve. Rittel and Webber (1973) observe that solutons for these probems cannot be idealized; they can only be good or bad and hence they should be assessed continually for improvement.

2 The economc principle behind congeston pricing suggests that the road should not be treated as a ‘free good’ and that its use should be charged to limit build-up of congestion and encourage wider use of an efficient transport system instead (Litman, 2006). London’s congestion charge obliges motorists driving in central London between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays to pay a toll (£5 in 2003, whch increased to £8 in 2005 and £11.50 in 2014), with a 90 percent discount for residents who live within the boundary.

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