Today, in my guest blog on ypcommons, I talked at length (of course) about my personal efforts to get more engaged in my town. Many of my suggestions/principles closely parallel the kind of ideas it takes to “get ahead” at work–or just be a “contributor” in general. It’s a work in progress.
Also, I found this draft article by Kit Hodge, CEO of the Neighbors Project about how to involve young people in urban planning. There are a lot of great “web 2.0″ ideas in there about how a town/city should develop an engagement strategy that reaches out to younger people who are typically out of the “word of mouth” loop, but very connected online.