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NCoC Learning Circle: National Week of Conversation - Shared screen with speaker view
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
32:07
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John Kilcoyne (he/him)
32:16
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Graham Bodie - #ListenFirst Project
32:54
Graham Bodie, Listen First Project, Oxford, MS
Jamie Engel
32:58
Jamie, NCoC, New York City!
Bruce Tow (Boston)
33:04
Bruce L Tow, self-employed (Boston)
Tom Hurst (CMSC)
33:05
Tom Hurst, Univ of MD, College Park MD
Cheryl Graeve
33:08
Hi all - Cheryl in Washington DC area with National Institute for Civil Discourse
John Aalto
33:08
John Aalto, Los Angeles- retired
Cameron, NCoC
33:08
Cameron, NCoC, Portland, OR!
Nancy Petitto
33:09
Nancy Petitto with Civic Nebraska in Lincoln, NE
Kent Lenci
33:10
Hi all. Kent Lenci from Middle Ground School Solutions, based in Beverly, MA
Joan Blades
33:14
Hi All! Joan Blades Living Room Conversations- Berkeley CA
Liz Joyner, The Village Square
33:17
Liz Joyner, The Village Square - Tallahassee FL
Morgan Lasher
33:17
Morgan Lasher, Unify America — Hi from Akron, OH!
Emily Kavanagh
33:26
Emily Kavanagh, HS SPED Social Studies Teacher, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD
Saxony
33:26
Saxony Matousek, Grand Rapids MI
Grant Todd
33:44
Hi, Grant Todd, the center for InnovativeThinking
Kacey Bull
33:44
Hi all, Kacey here from Healthy Democracy - Hello from Cusco, Peru.
Norlyn -- Chicago
33:51
Norlyn Dimmitt, Chicagoland, www.CompassionateCitizens.us
Dee Wernette
33:51
dee wernette, retired, chicago suburbs
Mizell Stewart III - USA TODAY
33:57
Mizell Stewart III from USA TODAY, Aurora, Ohio
Dr. Lo Sprague
34:00
LoSprague with The Guibord Center - Religion Inside Out Los Angeles, CA
Ken White
34:02
Ken White from Richmond, CA, still celebrating the 100th birthday of Ranger Betty Reid Sorkin.
Elaina Goldstein
34:04
Elaina Goldstein with The People in Providence, RI. Don't have links in chat can you resend? Thanks
Joseph McGaunn
34:11
Joe McGaunn, cancer researcher, Cambridge MA
Kaaryn McCall, iCivics (she/her/hers)
34:13
Kaaryn McCall, iCivics (headquartered in MA, but I'm Zooming in from Baltimore, "the greatest city in America")
Roy Evritt
34:38
Roy Evritt
Bob Rees
35:03
Bob Rees Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
47:59
#ListenFirst Coalition website: https://www.listenfirstproject.org/listen-first-coalition
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
50:05
America Talks website: https://americatalks.us/
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
51:44
If you have any questions for our Q&A session, please drop them in the chat!
Katharine Kravetz
54:41
Katharine Kravetz, School of Education, American University, www.teachcommunity.org
Kacey Bull
55:18
How do you incentivize those historically disenfranchised or who otherwise might feel alienated from these kinds of political conversations to participate? Are there any accessibility measures in place to ensure inclusion of a diverse group of participants?
Pearce Godwin
55:40
This year's intro video to America Talks conversations: https://youtu.be/V4pm7NU-4PA
Michelle Sobel
01:05:04
Great presentation, Brandyn!
Brandyn Keating
01:06:00
Thank you, @Michelle!
Brandyn Keating
01:07:34
@Kacey, great question!
Brandyn Keating
01:07:39
We are working hard on that
Brandyn Keating
01:08:02
One of the ways in which we do that is through relationships
Brandyn Keating
01:08:22
Another is structurally. We are working to provide a Spanish language option for next year.
Brandyn Keating
01:08:33
Happy to discuss more and would be interested in your ideas and feedback
Kacey Bull
01:09:20
Very interesting @Brandyn, thanks for your work on that!
David Sacks
01:09:48
Bringing diverse people and organizations together in local communities to get things done: https://theharwoodinstitute.org/
John Gable - AllSides
01:10:28
Good point about the reaction of “What are they trying to sell us” vs “how can I strengthen our democracy” … People are ready to join in, have to show them we aren’t selling them anything …
Liz Joyner, The Village Square
01:11:14
The Recount was quite a thing to live through here in Tallahassee. We actually had a Florida Recount Reunion 10 years after the recount to show just how civil at least the hometown part of it was (included all the judicial players): https://tlh.villagesquare.us/event/recount/
Patricia Wilson
01:13:39
How does America Talks approach and goals differ from the organization called AmericaSpeaks?
William Weisenberg
01:13:45
Who determines the discussion topics?
Mizell Stewart III - USA TODAY
01:17:17
My favorite recollection of the recount was when journalists from all over the country had to be kicked out of their hotel rooms to make way for fans of Florida State University football coming into town for a game. Tallahassee residents welcomed the journalists into their homes at no charge to make sure they had a place to stay!
Brandyn Keating
01:18:45
@William the discussion topics for the large annual America Talks are co-created by the people who participate in our Conversation Guide workstream. They are a diverse group including academics and practitioners. And they are broad questions which include values, issues, and this year, ideas for local projects related to the Building Civic Bridges Act. For our "spin off" events, they are determined by priority issues for coalition members.
Kent Lenci
01:19:07
Thank you all! Have to run!
Liz Joyner, The Village Square
01:19:49
I had forgotten about that Mizell!! It’s just such a Tallahassee story (including the football part).
Vickie Manalabe
01:20:58
Sharif - Thank you for your multilevel perspective
Kacey Bull
01:20:58
Thank you all so much for this presentation!
Liz Joyner, The Village Square
01:22:20
Solutions Journalism https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/
Matt Leighninger
01:22:24
@Patricia, I'd say that AmericaSpeaks had a stronger emphasis on large-scale public deliberation as a part of policymaking and planning processes (like the New Orleans Plan after Katrina, maintaining Social Security, how to balance the federal budget, and how to redevelop Ground Zero), whereas America Talks is more focused on bridge-building in pairs (and now small groups) across political and partisan differences. Most of the AmericaSpeaks work was in-person, though they were pioneers in using online engagement (particularly for aggregating the results of simultaneous small-group sessions). But there are lots of commonalities across both approaches: good processes for bringing people together to share personal experiences, learn together, and listen with respect
Elisabeth Green
01:23:50
Are we in a "democracy" when a Democrat is president, a "republic" when a Republican is president, and an "eco-society" when a Green is president?
Elisabeth Green
01:25:10
It's the same thing in the US. The tribe that adopts you and gives you a name is is your tribe. Then, you live on Turtle Island, not just North America. I talk about my tribe only with indigenous people because I am not a tribal leader.
Kacey Bull
01:25:42
Thanks so much for elaborating! I’ll reach out to you @Brandyn
Graham Bodie - #ListenFirst Project
01:26:23
That's a great way to distinguish these two "America" projects, @matt … it is also useful to note that many public deliberations organizations (Voice of the People, Deliberations.US, the offshoot of America in One Room as two examples) are part of the #ListenFirst Coalition (which is growing every day). The #ListenFIrst Coalition is open to ANY organization with a mission focused on bridging, conversations across divides, and working toward participatory methods for "political" decision making. We invite those organizations to join, and we look to find ways to build collaborative opportunities (things that are impossible for a single organization to do on their own).
Brandyn Keating
01:26:35
Looking forward to it @Kacey
Elisabeth Green
01:27:20
Are you trying to sell a democracy when maybe we need an eco-society instead?
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
01:27:55
You can register for tomorrow's Circle here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-facilitate-productive-conversations-on-public-issues-tickets-320385430447
Liz Joyner, The Village Square
01:28:11
Sharif that was so well said and has been exactly our experience.
Graham Bodie - #ListenFirst Project
01:29:04
+1 @liz and @sharif - it is striking the similarity in the Twitter responses to our work from those on each of the far ends of our political spectrum
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
01:29:51
And you can register for our event on Thursday with the National Issues Forum here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ej5ay7cwd5a14e30&oseq=&c=&ch=
Cheryl Graeve
01:30:09
Thanks NCoC team for creating this conversation and appreciation to all the speakers, Pearce, Brandyn, Sharif and Mizell
Joan Blades
01:30:10
Thank you all!
Brandyn Keating
01:30:15
Thank you for having us!
Kacey Bull
01:30:16
Thank you all!
Joseph McGaunn
01:30:21
Thank you!
John Kilcoyne (he/him)
01:30:35
You can register for tomorrow's Circle here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-facilitate-productive-conversations-on-public-issues-tickets-320385430447
Brandyn Keating
01:30:40
Thank you to all the amazing partners and collaborators who made America Talks come to life!