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. The Deliberative Conversations throughout 2020 will focus on the Hidden Common Ground initiative.
Plan to Attend
Once you choose which conversation to attend, please email email@example.com 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.
2020 Deliberative Conversations
Our Health Care System
Download the Health Care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need? issue guide from National Issues Forum.
The Division in Our Country
Download the A House Divided issue guide from National Issues Forum.
Please check back for updates and for online face-to-face video forums to be announced for this important topic.
Notes from the 2019 Deliberative Conversations
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?