ENGAGEMENT for EMBLAZONMENT
(creation of public passageways)
ENGAGE YOUR BIOPHAGE
The above projects utilize people who are already walking. While walking, they pick up an item of trash or deliver a bucket of compost to the neighborhood compost pile or keep trails clear by walking them. When combined, the individually small deeds significantly improve the community.
Pressing issues of climate change, wealth inequality, and social isolation can be solved only with extensive citizen engagement.
To engage Waltham citizens in the public life of the City.
A community of engaged citizens full of ideas for improvement, the tools to implement them, including a well-functioning government, and a city that is unusually alive as a result.
Daniel Keleher incorporated Engaged Citizens, Inc. in 2019. For now, the organization focuses its work on Waltham, the hometown of his grandfather (early 1900s), his wife, and their four children.
Known as "Watch City," Waltham was the home of the American Waltham Watch Co. (or related entities) from 1854 to 1957. An image derived from one of its many watches, with its intricate parts engaged for a common purpose, serves as Engaged Citizens of Waltham's logo.
Potential Future Projects (subject to resident input and time availability)
ENGAGED ON PAGE
(resurgence of community journalism)
(of Waltham's current building footprint)
(promotion of housing that is affordable for a lifetime)
(promotion of native plants)
ENGAGED AT ANY AGE
(promotion of quality roadways, sidewalks, and bike paths)
(of household goods and materials)
ENGAGE YOUR INNER SAGE
(promotion of spiritual wellness)
(of our physical infrastructure)
(promotion of more equal distribution of wealth)
(promotion of community conversations)
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM?
(we could pursue it here)
A lawyer, teacher, and community organizer, Daniel founded Engaged Citizens, Inc. to assist him in pursuing his personal mission. He serves as its part-time solicitor general. He lives in Waltham with his wife and their four children. Daniel's twin brother substitutes for Daniel in a pinch.
These are not our directors but instead two of Daniel's children. (The organization is still in its infancy.) Community members have been helping with the production of Engaged on Stage 2020 but have not yet formalized their role as directors. Once we have a crew of directors, we will let you know.
Open to working with all community organizations, Engaged Citizens has informal relationships with many partners who actively support citizen engagement or rely upon it for their success. Over time, those ties will likely become more formal. [Photo of Connor Keleher and Lady Liberty taken in Luxembourg Gardens, Paris]
Our ambitious work will not be possible without the involvement of many residents throughout the City and beyond. Membership is not required for one to participate in the organization's projects, but it demonstrates a commitment that helps the organization to thrive. [Note: not all persons in photo are members of Engaged Citizens.]
Above: Daniel's four children during July 4, 2019 neighborhood bicycle parade.
We pursue our own projects in a four-pronged approach:
- Communication Enhancement (our current endeavor)
- Community Organizing (moving in that direction)
- Education (always)
- Government Reformation (in time)
We work with you to engage citizens to participate in your projects.
- Community Outreach
- Volunteer Mobilization
We are available for the following additional services:
- Speaking Engagements
- Service projects
Call or email us with any questions or comments..
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen. [Keep up the good work, Engaged Citizens of Waltham.]"
JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS
" I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor? [My dear friends at Engaged Citizens keep knocking on doors.]"
PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS
"[I once said,] If you don't like something, change it . . . . [That is exactly what Engaged Citizens of Waltham is doing!]"