An Introduction to Human Engagement

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An Introduction to Human Engagement

Throughout the day all of us move from place to place, activity to activity, and people to people. Along the course of things, we connect deeply, we flutter along independently, and we journey aimlessly, sometimes purposefully, and sometimes we’re just there. This is human engagement.

I define human engagement as anytime we choose the same thing over and over again. This choice can be active or passive, intentional or coincidental, intrinsic or extrinsic, and independent or collective.

Human engagement is anytime we choose the same thing over and over again.

– Adam F.C. Fletcher

When we look throughout the course of our individual days, we can see that as humans we engage and disengage all day long, with all kinds of people, in all kinds of places, for many, many reasons.

The research literature has shown us how human engagement happens and does not happen; other nonfiction shows us where and why engagement matters. Our best fiction writing can demonstrate who practices human engagement and when it occurs. Sometimes speakers chip at the icebergs of engaging people in certain places at specific times, and every now and then activists effectively demand people connect HERE and NOW. However, few people put the whole puzzle together.

I want to help facilitate the conscientious practice of human engagement with individuals, organizations, and communities. For the last 25 years, I have worked with K-12 schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to do just that. With these places as partners, I have intentionally engaged students throughout schools; constituents within government programs; and clients around nonprofits as each of these have sought to engage them.

I advocate, I educate, I speak, I write, I consult, and more. If you’re interested, contact me right now.

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