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Over the last two decades, ordinary people have been playing increasingly prominent roles in politics and public life, thanks in part to the work of an unheralded set of leaders. These practitioners of ‘active civic engagement’ are a diverse lot, and their work is inspired by several different philosophies.

‘Creating Spaces for Change’, a new report by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is an attempt to describe these different philosophies and their areas of convergence. In particular, this report raises up the area of shared interest that both community organizers and deliberative democrats want to prioritize: going beyond mobilization techniques to more structural changes in ways that communities make decisions and solve problems.

Chris Gates, the Executive Director of PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, will moderate the webinar discussion.

Kara Carlisle, Program Officer of the Civic Engagement team at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will open the webinar and discuss how the paper grew out of the Kellogg Foundation’s Civic Engagement Learning Year. Kara’s work at Kellogg focuses on citizen participation and engagement, public philanthropy, and new models for movement building as she develops innovative partnerships and promotes civic and philanthropic engagement in a wide range of sectors and professional spheres.

Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and the author of the paper, will then take us through his research and it’s conclusions. The DDC is an alliance of major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. Over the last sixteen years, Matt has worked in public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces.

Once you complete your registration, you will automatically be redirected to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation website where you be able to download a free copy of the paper.

Title: PACE presents, Creating Spaces For Change: Working towards a ‘story of now’ in civic engagement
Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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