Civic Trustees are people who have decided they want to be No-Blame problem solvers for their communities and our country. Using their No-Blame problem solving training and committing to work under the principles of The Civic Pledge, they work together in Civic Trusts to research and advance practical solutions to the issues facing their communities and our nation.
The Civic Pledge
- I pledge to leave my community and my country better than I found them.
- To search for solutions instead of simply pointing out problems and assigning blame
- To work on solutions that are “doable”- that are Cost Effective and based on Evidence of Success
The Civic Trust presents a community-based opportunity for all Citizens to engage in Public Service. Civic Trusts function as new “intermediary democratic institutions.” Their purpose is to provide a No-Blame environment that allows Civic Trustees to work together toward the betterment of their communities by searching the nation to identify successful solutions and adapting those solutions for adoption in their own cities.
Civic Trustees commit to a minimum of a year of service and meet in monthly Solution Sessions. They identify issues that affect the community as a whole and ones they believe are important to address.
In addition to their service finding and promoting evidence-based, cost effective solutions for their city, they foster the values of The Civic Pledge as guest lecturers in high school Solutions Civics classes and as speakers at Power Civics community forums. They also organize Solution Forums on key issues for government decision-makers and host No-Blame candidate debates to improve political discourse.
Here are just a few of the practical policies developed by Civic Trustees:
- A community-based student discipline policy
- A “mutual respect” policy for police/community relations
- A cost effective policy to buy carbon-free electricity in bulk for cities and their residents
Click on the link to access our “Menu of Solutions” – a more complete listing of solutions that regular citizens have passed to better their communities.
Civic Trustees provide a powerful example of service, civility and pragmatism and provide a new role for Americans to run their government!
Civic Trustee Handbook
Please use The Civic Trustee Handbook, which is laid out in a basic, easy-to-use Q & A format, to learn more about becoming a Civic Trustee or creating a Civic Trust in your community.
There are Civic Trusts operating in several cities:
Newark Civic Trust
The Newark Civic Trust meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, except in the months of August and December, at West Side High School located at 401 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ.
Trenton Civic Trust
The Trenton Civic Trust meets every 4th Tuesday of the month, except in the months of August and December, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, located at 801 West State St., Trenton, NJ.
Perth Amboy Civic Trust
The Perth Amboy Civic Trust meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month, except the months of August and December, at the Alexander Jankowski Community Center located at 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy, NJ.
Plainfield Civic Trust
The Plainfield Civic Trust meets every 1st Wednesday of the month, except the months of August and December, at the United Presbyterian Church located at 525 E Front St., Plainfield, NJ.
Learn more about the Plainfield Civic Trust: Contact Joel@thecitizenscampaign.org; or Apply today! (this should be a link to the application, the same as we have on the current page)
Philadelphia Civic Trust
Philadelphia Civic Trust meetings take place every 4th Wednesday of the month, except in the months of August and December.
Learn more about the Philadelphia Civic Trust: Contact Joandelis@thecitizenscampaign.org; or Apply today! (this should be a link to the application, the same as we have on the current page)
Upcoming Civic Trusts
Several Civic Trusts are in formation:
- Atlantic City, NJ
- Miami, Florida
- Toledo, Ohio
- Yonkers, NY
- Oakland, California
Online Power Civics
You can train to become a Civic Trustee in your community by watching the 10 short videos that make up the core of Online Power Civics and use the accompanying text for a more complete learning experience.
Citizen Power & The Art of No-Blame Problem Solving
Citizen Power & The Art of No-Blame Problem Solving provides basic training in the use of 21st century citizen powers. This 21st Century Citizens Manual contains a proven step-by-step guide for No-Blame problem solving that incorporates the strategies and tactics of highly successful practitioners who have navigated the maze of city and school district government. Citizens who have used this guide have passed over 300 cost-effective, evidence-based local laws with a success rate of over 90%. Download the manual below or order a hard-copy from our catalog.