It's Time for Young Professionals in Dallas to Take Responsibility for Our City

As young professionals in Dallas, we must recognize that the city's future lies squarely on our shoulders. This is no longer our fathers' or mothers' city. Dallas' future is no longer the sole responsibility of our current leaders. It is the responsibility of each and every citizen with the capacity and desire to drive real change.The first step is recognizing that we are now responsible. The second step is to respond to that new realization. That response will manifest in different forms, reflecting individual passions and core competencies of our citizenry.Many young professionals are asking themselves what this looks like for them and how to get involved. Where can I go to help? What can I do to make a difference?As we approach another mayoral election, it is the duty of Dallas citizens to determine what their individual roles should be in helping to build the future of our city. When we think about the idea of civic engagement, it is easy to believe that this can be accomplished primarily through running for an office. Apathy leads to people passing the buck to those who engage in full-time public service.I would argue that civic engagement embodies much more than that. If we are going to develop a city that is an example of engagement for our country and the world, we must first find our own way to help build the future of Dallas. One of the most basic steps that a citizen should make to give a voice to their ideals, passions and beliefs is to vote. However, voting is just a starting point for the dynamic changes we need to build the future of our city. We must take a step beyond voting and become involved.  Continue reading...

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