It’s never been more important to talk to each other about tough problems.
Although currently we cannot meet around a boardroom table, we can still come together through videoconferencing with a Zoom meeting to practice deliberation, speaking face-to-face from our own homes and offices.
Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, and weighing the trade-offs of possible actions in a National Issues Forum hosted by the library.
Plan to Attend
Once you choose which conversation to attend, register at the event listings linked below so that you can receive the link to the online Zoom meeting. Consider inviting someone to join you in deliberative conversation, especially someone with a different perspective, life experience or background than you.
2021 Deliberative Conversations
Back to Work: How Should We Rebuild Our Economy? Summary of February 10, 2021 Deliberation
Deliberative Conversation: Over the Edge – Learn and Practice Deliberation Together
Thursday, March 04: 10:00am – 12:00pm
It’s important to talk about tough problems. Practice deliberation through considering perspectives, listening with empathy & respect, & weighing trade-offs of possible actions. Register for Zoom Link
Deliberative Conversation: Mental Illness in America – Learn and Practice Deliberation Together
Monday, April 05: 11:00am – 1:00pm
It’s important to discuss tough problems. Practice deliberation through considering perspectives, listening with empathy & respect, & weighing trade-offs of possible actions. Register for Zoom link.
Please check back for updates and for online face-to-face video forums to be announced.
Notes from Deliberative Conversations
Notes from the January 27, 2021 Learn and Practice Deliberation: Mental Illness
Notes from the October 7, 2020 Deliberative Conversation: Policing
Notes from the October 21, 2020 Deliberative Conversation: Policing
Safety and Justice
How should communities reduce violence?
Mental Illness in America
How do we address a growing mental health problem?
A House Divided
What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?
Obesity in America
How should we reduce obesity in America?
Alcohol and Drug Use
What should we do when alcohol and drug use become a problem to society?
How does a deliberative conversation work?
What happens after a deliberative forum?