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AmericaSpeaks Closing Down – Read about our 19 year legacy



A Legacy of Critical Innovations

in Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Engagement

To celebrate nearly two decades of exceptional work, we have created a legacy document that highlights some of the major

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As AmericaSpeaks Closes Down – Share Your Memories


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Creating Community Solutions


AmericaSpeaks is excited to announce our involvement in Creating Community Solutions, which is part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health announced by President Obama on Monday, June 3, 2013. We are working with other national deliberative democracy partners. Many Community Conversations are already planned throughout the country. Check out the map on the homepage of the website to find one near you. Resources will also be available to launch a dialogue in your community at More information will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow us to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.

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Ward 7 Economic Development Summit


Join Mayor Gray for the Ward 7 Economic Development Summit on Saturday June 29, 2013. Click here for more information!

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Join a Paired Conversation!


In conjunction with Face the Facts, we have developed a paired conversation tool to discuss the budget challenges that face our nation. AmericaSpeaks has developed an online survey on the values underlying budgetary considerations, as well as a tool to help weigh the tough choices America faces. The conversations are indended to help create dialogue on these issues, so you are encouraged to speak with someone with a different point of view. If you don’t have a partner, we will help match you.

To learn more, please visit

If you are interested in facilitating paired discussions, please visit our facilitation sign-up.

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Bullying Prevention Policy


AmericaSpeaks facilitated the District of Columbia Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force over the past eight months. The citywide prevention policy has just been released. Read more about AmericaSpeaks involvement in Steve Brigham’s blog post.

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First All Female Town Meeting


AmericaSpeaks took part in its first all female town meeting in September. The meeting took place in Cincinnati and focused on women’s views in the 2012 election.Read more about the meeting and AmericaSpeaks work with the YWCA.

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2012 Ward 8 Community Summit


Nearly 200 people, including Ward 8 residents, District staff, and volunteers gathered on June 9th, 2012 at Malcolm X Elementary to discuss progress made as a result of input from the Ward 8 Summits in July and September 2011.Read more about the 2012 Ward 8 Community Summit here.

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AmericaSpeaks Announces New President


AmericaSpeaks announced today that Steve Brigham will assume the role of President on July 1. Current President and AmericaSpeaks founder, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, has taken a position as the Executive Director at the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.

To find out more, read Carolyn’s blog post and the AmericaSpeaks press release announcing Steve Brigham as the next President. Steve Brigham will formally introduce himself and share his goals for the organization in a blog post next week.For more information on Carolyn’s new position at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), read NICD’s press release announcing her appointment.

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Open Government Partnership


In April, AmericaSpeaks took part in the first high level meeting of the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership is a network of 54 countries that have made commitments to become more open, transparent, and participatory. The meeting, held in Brasilia, brought together representatives from approximately 75 countries.

In addition to leading a panel on participatory mechanisms, AmericaSpeaks helped to webcast the event for a worldwide audience.

To read more about AmericaSpeaks experience in Brasilia, click here.

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