There are two broad ways in which a populace can be "engaged":
- they can be engaged in making decisions about what ought to be done (political involvement, in the sense of politics as the art and science of policy, rather than politics as partisan warfare)
- they can be engaged in the active implementation of that which has been determined by broad consensus as worth doing (civic engagement)
We have a rink every winter in the nearby park. Not being a skater I had no interest in deciding that there ought to be a rink, but when a neigbour who is involved in such matters asked me to man the change/warm-up shed one Sunday, I agreed. He was both politically and civicly ivolved, and I was marginally civicly involved.