Oct 1st 2018

Frustrated with the state of political discourse in our country and city? Want to have a substantive conversation about pressing issues in the November midterm elections & February municipal elections?

The health of our democracy depends greatly on how well citizens discuss, explore, and develop public policy. In this immersive training you’ll learn the basics of exploratory political discussion: what it’s for, how it works, and–most importantly–how to facilitate one.

Between them, trainers Adolf Gundersen and Maya Lea have over half a century of experience and will provide you with some direct 1:1 coaching.

The Interactivity Foundation has developed a small-group discussion process designed to help people collaborate in the exploration and development of a) the diverse concerns and values that relate to an area of societal concern, (b) multiple contrasting policy possibilities to address those concerns, and (c) the possible implementations and consequences of those policy possibilities.

Founded in 1987, the Interactivity Foundation works to engage citizens in the exploration and development of possibilities for public policy through small group discussions. Our mission is to enhance the process and expand the scope of our public discussions, thereby improving the health of our democracy and its development of public policy.

City Bureau is a nonprofit civic journalism lab based in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. We bring journalists and community members together in a collaborative spirit to produce equitable media coverage, encourage civic participation and hold powerful forces to account. www.citybureau.org

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