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Please join Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) on November 10th at 2pm eastern for a webinar. Jean Johnson and Will Friedman of Public Agenda, along with John Dedrick of the Kettering Foundation, will share new research that sheds light on why, at a time when most leaders are working hard to show that their institutions are accountable to the public and investing considerable time and effort in this mission, so many Americans remain so disappointed with these institutions. The recent report, titled Don’t Count Us Out: How an Overreliance on Accountability Could Undermine the Public’s Confidence in Schools, Business, Government and More¸ examines this qualitative research and presents startling evidence that the public and leaders hold vastly different ideas about what it even means to be accountable.

Both perspectives have value and legitimacy, yet the differing definitions can lead to harmful crosstalk. What can leaders do to address this possibly corrosive accountability gap and avoid such crosstalk? How do recent events demonstrate where the accountability gap is emerging and elucidate the public’s accountability framework, especially their concerns about values and ethics? This webinar will examine these questions while explaining key findings from the report.

John R. Dedrick is Vice President and Program Director at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Inc. He has a long-standing research interest in the theory and practice of democracy.

Will Friedman is the president of Public Agenda and was the founding director, in 1997, of the organization’s public engagement department.

Jean Johnson is the executive vice president of Public Agenda and the author of Don’t Count Us Out.

Chris Gates, the Executive Director of PACE, will moderate the webinar.

Title: PACE Webinar: How Can an Overreliance on Accountability Undermine the Public’s Confidence?
When: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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