A Handbook for Hong Kong Citizens
ISBN : 978-962-209-614-1
160 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
Getting Heard is a practical guide to help Hong Kong citizens participate more effectively in public affairs.
This Handbook suggests ways that individual citizens can work with each other and with the government in making choices and taking action. It is based on the belief that effective public dialogue benefits both citizens and government.
Getting Heard provides concrete information about the specific steps needed to transform an idea or a vision into a reality and explains how you can use this information to influence government bodies and also companies. The Handbook addresses issues such as how to write a press release, organise a campaign and raise money. It includes contact information for individual government departments, government officials and the media. It also includes a sample funding proposal, a template for press releases and other useful information.
Civic Exchange believes it is possible to make decisions about public issues in an open and creative manner. The secret to successful participatory decision-making lies in establishing better communication between well-informed people. This is the objective of Getting Heard. The Handbook is aimed at anyone seeking to participate in the dialogue on public affairs in Hong Kong or shape decision-making on a particular issue.
“This book is about civic participation—how to make it happen and how to make it matter. This book is desperately needed and excellently written.” —Anna Wu, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission
“Under Christine’s leadership, the Civic Exchange has compiled this very informative and useful Handbook, which would prove to be especially helpful for those who wish to participate in public affairs and social services.” —Rita Fan, President, Legislative Council
“This is indeed a citizen’s Handbook codifying such valuable tacit knowledge and experience on community participation, bringing HOPE to those who care.” —Kay Ku, Hong Kong Council for Social Service