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Public Lecture: Citizen Engagement and Political Civility with Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, May 21

May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm (reception to follow)
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Room 3200

This lecture is free, however pre-registration is required.
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Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue presents Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and founder of AmericaSpeaks. As one of the foremost citizen engagement practitioners in North America, Dr. Lukensmeyer has gathered public input on issues ranging from the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre after 9/11 to the rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Lukensmeyer will showcase ideas for how governments can engage citizens on a massive scale to receive meaningful and intelligent input into policy decisions, using 21st Century Town Halls to blend in-person and online engagement. She will also examine the role of civility in political discourse and suggest how governments and citizens can work to address increasing levels of political dysfunction.

About Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and founder of AmericaSpeaks. Under Carolyn’s leadership, AmericaSpeaks has earned a national reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal. The organization has successfully applied its 21st Century Town Meeting® to a number of health care-related topics, including, state-wide health care reform in California and Maine, and the national childhood obesity epidemic. Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from November 1993 through June 1994, as the Deputy Project Director for Management of the National Performance Review (NPR), Vice President Al Gore's reinventing government task force, and as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard F. Celeste of Ohio from 1986 to 1991. She also led her own successful organizational development and management consulting firm for 14 years. In this capacity, she worked with public and private sector organizations on four continents.

About the Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue

This annual event is generously supported by the Bruce and Lis Welch Award, and engages the community at large to explore innovative approaches to local issues through dialogue.