Overcoming Challenges to Build Better Public Meetings

May 10, 2023

This is the first webinar we are hosting for the AAA-ICDR supported project called ‘Democracy Innovations for Better Public Meetings’. We’ll explore local challenges and opportunities from an elected official, public engagement, and legal perspective.

Promising Practices Webinar: Cities Fortifying Democracy

May 8, 2023

May 16, 2023 This webinar featured the German Marshall Fund’s Cities Fortifying Democracy project. Attendees learned about key topics leaders need to pay attention to at the local level to fortify democracy. Leaders from Fort Collins, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota did a deeper dive on three of the focus areas–equity and inclusion; youth disengagement and activation of next generations; and next-level engagement.

Promising Practices Webinar: Community Engagement Strategies for Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy

April 25, 2023

In this webinar, attendees heard about the COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, an initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures. Attendees also heard from the leaders of Multicultural Coalition Inc., a community organization that has implemented innovative and inclusive strategies for making vaccines more accessible and utilized.

Promising Practices Webinar: Can Racial Equity Commissions Heal Communities?

February 13, 2023

In this webinar, experienced mediators, facilitators, and consultants in the fields of diversity, equity, and inclusion discussed the concept, how-tos, goals, and benefits of racial equity commissions. Attendees also heard from two members of the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing Commission.

Promising Practices Webinar: Tackling Tough Issues Through Citizen Panels

January 12, 2023

Lottery-selected panels, often called citizens’ juries or citizens’ assemblies, are democratic systems that help governments tackle difficult policy questions by putting a representative group of residents at the center of governance. In this webinar, Healthy Democracy will explain lottery-selected panels, discussing the benefits and potential applications. We’ll also hear about two case studies out of Petaluma, California and Eugene, Oregon.

Promising Practices Webinar: Fostering Youth-Driven Efforts to Build Community

November 30, 2022

In this webinar, attendees learned how youth leaders in Northeast Wisconsin are creating inclusive and intergenerational spaces and programs that foster community and belonging. Additionally, Kinect M1 shared its approach to building communities of the future by removing barriers and embracing youth voices to ensure all have the opportunity to contribute and thrive. 

Promising Practices Webinar: Embedding Engagement in Climate Policy

November 7, 2022

This webinar featured a new report making the case for ambitious climate policy that builds upon the best models of engagement and collaboration.

Promising Practices Webinar: Creating a Civic Learning Environment

October 3, 2022

In this webinar, we will hear from a group of elementary teachers who are committed to teaching the skills of deliberative democracy to their young students. Speakers will discuss the five important skills and dispositions necessary for creating a learning environment oriented for deliberative citizenship, and how they are incorporating these concepts into their classrooms.

Promising Practices Webinar: So you want to be a 2023 All-America City?

September 13, 2022

National Civic League staff went over the 2023 All-America City Award theme, criteria, important dates, and possible areas of focus. Previous AAC winning communities shared their experiences with applying and competing for the award.

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