Roles Of Citizens in Society (Influencing government decisions (Roles of…
Roles Of Citizens in Society
Outcomes of Citizen Participation
Contributing to the needs of the society
Roles of individual
-volunteering their time, effort and money towards meaningful social causes they concerned about
-feel that their actions will be helpful and and they also feel strongly for the cause they are contributing towards
-their actions can benefit many ppl directly and the improvements that result can be immediate
-their actions can also inspire others to make similar improvements
Roles of Organised Groups
-common interests between ppl will organize themselves into groups to contribute to the needs of society
-can have significant effect on the area of of need they are addressing as they can direct collective efforts, ideas and resources towards their cause.
-have clear objective and formally registered with the government
-address a wide range of interests such as ppl with special needs and protecting the environment
-Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
-Voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs)
-Both groups cater to the needs of specific groups in society
-they complement the role of government in working for the good of society
-organisations with a specific, short term objective related to issues that arise suddenly
-temporarily formed and may not be registered
-able to complement the support structures provided by the government at the point in time
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Often citizens, contribute in areas they are passionate and concerned about. Thus, there is a greater sense of ownership and commitment towards these causes. This leads to long term involvement which would ensure sustainable benefits to society.
Influencing government decisions
Roles of individuals
In 2012, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a national-level conversation where citizens can come tgt to share their view and ideas abt what matters to S'pore, as well as hopes and dreams.
"Our Singapore Conversation" (OSC) enabled conversations amongst citizens and between citizens and the govt. This took place over 1 year and involved more than 47 000 Singaporeans. It was conducted thru social medias channels such as their Facebook page.
ASPIRATIONS OF SINGAPOREANS AS REFLECTED FROM OSC
A S'pore that is affordable to live in.
A society with a greater sense of togetherness
A society with strong families
A society anchored on values
A society where govt and the ppl hv a more collaborative relationship
A society where everyone can age with dignity
A society that takes care of the disadvantaged
A S'pore for singaporeans
A S'pore with a more fulfilling pace of life
Good jobs in a resilient economy.
Different ways of fulfilling potential
respect fro all,regardless of jobs and qualifications
Broader definitions of success'
Shared identity ,embracing diversity
passion to contribute
Affordable and accessible basic needs
Early investment for life's uncertainties
Strong family and community values
Care for the disadvantaged ,respect for every Singaporean's dignity
Constructive and meaningful citizen engagment
Trust and accountability
Mutual understanding between Singaporeans
Roles of Organized group