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 projects and milestones we’ve accomplished during that time. We hope you will take the time to review the grand journey we have been on!
http://bit.ly/AmericaSpeaks_Legacy (low rez)
http://bit.ly/AmericaSpeaks_Legacy_print (high rez)read more
As we close down, we would greatly appreciate if you would take a moment to share your perspective on how AmericaSpeaks impacted you. Please email your written memories or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email’s subject, body, and attachments will be directly posted without edits. You can then see everyone’s contributions at americaspeakslegacy.tumblr.com.read more
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 http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/resources. More information will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow us to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.read more
Join Mayor Gray for the Ward 7 Economic Development Summit on Saturday June 29, 2013. Click here for more information!read more
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 http://www.facethefactsusa.org/conversation/
If you are interested in facilitating paired discussions, please visit our facilitation sign-up.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more