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July 2, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Democracy in the Time of Covid

Organizer: RepresentUs

As our nation faces crisis after crisis, the dangerous and damaging effects of our broken political system are cast in stark relief. Our crashing economy, skyrocketing death toll, and social unrest are emerging as Exhibits A, B, and C of our government's failure to perform its most basic function: protecting the people.

Join RepresentUs Co-Founders Josh Silver and Joshua Graham Lynn for a provocative presentation and interactive Q&A session. You'll get the chance to:

  • Hear how the anti-corruption movement is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and learn concrete steps you can take to help ensure every American can vote safely in 2020.
  • Get updates on the most important campaigns to fix our democracy in 2020, and get a sneak peak at where the movement is going in 2021, 2022, and beyond.
  • Ask them anything! The Co-founders are looking forward to opening the floor to your questions, so they can dig into what's most on your minds.
Location: Webinar
July 4, 2020

Just One Step for Democracy Launch

Organizer: Just One Step for Democracy

Just One Step for Democracy, a national coalition of performing artists and activists, announce the launch of their new initiative to raise awareness around the importance of voting on Election Day. The campaign will include exclusive online premieres of original content created by Broadway and Hollywood performing artists who seek to affect a more just society, empower citizens, and encourage Americans to #VoteBlue.

Just One Step for Democracy, founded and led by Arnetia Walker (Broadway: "Dreamgirls"; Film/TV: "Nurses," Dynasty") with director Stephen Nachamie (Broadway: "She Loves Me"), will release new content through the Nov. 3 election with the goal of educating American voters around urgent issues affecting their communities and voter rights. The multimedia content will include original performances of music, theatre, dance, spoken word and more.

Location: Virtual

July 6-9, 2020

2020 Emerging Legislative Leaders Program

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The Emerging Legislative Leaders Program is designed specifically for the next generation of leaders in our state legislatures. Up to 50 of the best and brightest state legislators from across the nation take part in 4 days of challenging classroom discussions, led by a team of professors at the Darden School. Since 2005, over 600 legislators have benefited from their experience at this program, and a significant number have continued their careers in public service. Many have achieved positions of leadership in their states.

Through this unique program, SLLF and Darden seek to broaden the perspectives of these men and women, instilling in them a clear understanding of their responsibilities as custodians of the public's trust. We seek to inspire them to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and vigor.

Location: Webinar

July 7, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Democracy in the Time of Covid

Organizer: RepresentUs

As our nation faces crisis after crisis, the dangerous and damaging effects of our broken political system are cast in stark relief. Our crashing economy, skyrocketing death toll, and social unrest are emerging as Exhibits A, B, and C of our government's failure to perform its most basic function: protecting the people.

Join RepresentUs Co-Founders Josh Silver and Joshua Graham Lynn for a provocative presentation and interactive Q&A session. You'll get the chance to:

  • Hear how the anti-corruption movement is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and learn concrete steps you can take to help ensure every American can vote safely in 2020.
  • Get updates on the most important campaigns to fix our democracy in 2020, and get a sneak peak at where the movement is going in 2021, 2022, and beyond.
  • Ask them anything! The Co-founders are looking forward to opening the floor to your questions, so they can dig into what's most on your minds.
Location: Webinar
July 7, 2020
6:00 PM (Pacific)

'Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy' - Book Launch with author Daniel Newman

Organizer: Fix Democracy First

Fix Democracy First and the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County are proud to co-host the virtual launch of "UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy" with author Daniel Newman, and special guest Estevan Muñoz-Howard.

Donate $35 or more to Fix Democracy First and receive a FREE copy of Unrig: https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate-book-fundraiser

"UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy" is an intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy, featuring the successful campaign for democracy vouchers in Seattle. "Unrig" exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People — including local activists in Seattle.

Location: Webinar

July 8, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Open Primaries Virtual Discussion With Alaskans for Better Elections

Organizer: Open Primaries

A change is brewing in the land of the midnight sun. This November, Alaskans will decide whether to adopt ranked-choice voting, open nonpartisan primaries, and tough new rules on campaign finance disclosure. Join us to hear from Alaskans for Better Elections campaign manager Shea Siegert, campaign counsel and former chief of staff to Governor Walker Scott Kendall, and former independent state Representative and campaign co-chair Jason Grenn. They will be discussing this exciting effort and answering your questions.

For 50 years, Alaska had a blanket open primary where all voters could vote for who they wanted in every election. When the blanket open primary was ruled unconstitutional, California and Washington adopted the nonpartisan primary. Now Alaskans will have the opportunity to join them. As the state with the largest percentage of registered independent voters in the nation-57% of Alaskans are independent- the impact of these reforms could be substantial.

Location: Webinar

July 9, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Pandemic Propaganda: A New Electoral Crisis

Organizer: Brennan Center for Justice

How will the misinformation pandemic inflamed by the coronavirus crisis reshape the political landscape? And how might domestic and foreign actors weaponize rumors, conspiracy theories, and disinformation about Covid-19 against American voters in the lead-up to the November election? A distinguished panel will discuss measures that can address these challenges in the upcoming months and help ensure the 2020 election is free, fair, and safe.

Laura Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. The Brennan Center's Ian Vandewalker is senior counsel for the Democracy Program, where he works to address the influence of money in politics and foreign interference in U.S. elections. Ángel Díaz is counsel in the Brennan Center's Liberty & National Security Program; his work focuses on the intersection of technology with civil rights and civil liberties. They join Foreign Affairs executive editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan.

Location: Webinar

July 9, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Pacific)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Oregon

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

July 9, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Staying Nonpartisan as a 501(c)(3) Organization

Organizer: Nonprofit VOTE

Your organization wants to engage with voters and candidates ahead of the 2020 election, but what are the rules? What activities are acceptable and what is considered partisan?

Join us for a one-hour free webinar to demystify what it means to be nonpartisan and stay on the right side of IRS rules. David Levitt, Principal at Adler & Colvin, speaks regularly on nonprofit and tax exemption legal matters. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching a nonprofit legal issues course in the College of Professional Studies. He will shed light on this tricky subject and answer your questions.

Location: Webinar

July 9, 2020

2020 Conference of State Majority Leaders

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The 8th annual Conference of State Majority Leaders will be held virtually via Zoom. Our co-hosts will be California Senate Majority Leader, Robert Hertzberg and Assembly Majority Leader, Ian Calderon. The general session will feature special guest speaker Arnold Schwarzenegger followed by a Majority Leaders only session. This unique program allows majority leaders to discuss their challenges, learn from one another and form friendships with other leaders from across the country.

Registration is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent April.

Location: Virtual

July 14, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Illinois

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

July 15, 2020
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual Discussion With Nebraska State Sen. Adam Morefeld & State Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb

Organizer: Open Primaries

What's going on in Nebraska? It's a bright red state; 70 percent of its state representatives are registered members of the Republican Party. But Democratic legislators chair multiple committees and diverse & politically incorrect coalitions of legislators have come together to abolish the death penalty, raise the gas tax and issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants — each with majorities sufficient to override a Republican governor's veto. Such informal coalitions are not happenstance but the product of design, and a political culture more than 80 years in the making.

Join us to hear from Nebraska state Sen. Adam Morfeld and Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb as they talk about Nebraska's unicameral, nonpartisan Legislature and top two open primary, how it creates incentives for candidates to reach out to all constituents, understand their concerns and cooperate with colleagues without having to toe the party line.

They'll also talk about renewed interest in expanding top two in Nebraska to include federal and statewide offices and why the state Democratic party has voluntarily opened their primaries to independent voters and is calling on the national party to do the same.

Location: Webinar

July 16, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Election R&D Dialogues: Special Guest John Chiang, former California treasurer

Organizer: USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

John Chiang, former California treasurer and fall 2020 fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, joins co-directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy to discuss the pandemic's lasting economic impact on California and its implications for the November election and beyond.

Chiang served as California's 33rd treasurer until 2019. As the state's banker, he oversaw trillions of dollars in annual transactions, managed a $75 billion investment portfolio, and was the nation's largest issuer of municipal bonds. As controller during the Great Recession, his cash management decisions were instrumental in keeping California's credit rating from plunging into junk status, and his actions saved taxpayers millions of dollars. Chiang aggressively used his audit programs to identify more than $9.5 billion of fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, the most by any controller in California's history.

He serves on several boards and will be teaching a course in the fall titled, "From Financial Crisis to COVID-19: California Policy Responses to the Financial Fallout" with the USC Center for the Political Future.

Location: Webinar

July 21, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Central)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Wisconsin

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

July 23, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Central)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: South Dakota

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

July 28, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Mountain)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Colorado

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

July 30, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Massachusetts

Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative

Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.

Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.

Location: Webinar

Aug. 7, 2020
12:00 PM - 4:15 PM (Eastern)

2020 Future Summit

Organizer: Millennial Action Project

Each summer, the Millennial Action Project hosts the largest bipartisan convening of young state legislators during the Future Summit. Over the past three years, hundreds of legislators from across the country have set aside party differences and joined together to collaborate, share policy ideas, and gain insight from national policy experts. The Future Summit serves as a central location for policymakers to highlight their efforts and propose solutions to advance legislation in areas disproportionately affecting the millennial and future generations.

As we look towards the 2020 Virtual Future Summit, MAP is continuously looking to expand its mission of advancing bipartisan policy to the benefit of young generations across the nation. Future Summit provides new and innovative perspectives, bridging the partisan divide, and adding to the ranks of audacious young leaders ready to chart a new path forward. MAP looks forward to hosting new and familiar faces at the 2020 Future Summit — the first virtual summit — and the opportunity for attendees to build a network of new relationships, envision new ideas, and discover a zeal for creating strong, bipartisan, Millennial-driven policy.

Location: Virtual

Aug. 21, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Election R&D Dialogues: Democratic National Convention 2020 Recap

Organizer: USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

The Democratic National Committee is moving forward with its convention either virtually or with limited in-person attendance Aug. 17-20. Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy, co-directors of the Center for the Political Future, will recap the week's highlights, forecast their November predictions, and welcome your questions.

Organizers chose Milwaukee, a first for the city, because of its legacy as a union town in one of the most critical battleground states. Historically the convention has been a four-day spectacle, culminating with the candidate's address as the grand finale. This year will look drastically different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Roughly 4,000 delegates from all 50 states and territories participate to vote on nominees for president and vice president, the party platform, and other procedural motions. The convention will be Biden's first public appearance outside of his Delaware home since the final Democratic presidential primary debate in March.

Location: Webinar

Aug. 28, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Election R&D Dialogues: Republican National Convention 2020 Recap

Organizer: USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

The Republican National Convention (RNC) is slated for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C. Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy, co-directors of the Center for the Political Future, will cut through the news headlines to break down the important moments and share their November predictions.

The RNC is expected to formally renominate President Trump and Vice President Pence and "to celebrate together America's greatness." Convention delegates will vote on the GOP platform and various procedural motions. It will be one of the country's first mass gatherings since the Covid-19 outbreak and a signal that President Trump is intent on returning the country to normalcy.

The decision for Charlotte, considered America's No. 1 up-and-coming city, to host this year's RNC was made in 2018, well before the pandemic. The polarizing decision narrowly passed Charlotte's mostly Democratic City Council, and now City Council members worry about a large influx of visitors coming to one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus in the state.

Location: Webinar

Sept. 9-12, 2020

National Speakers Conference

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The 29th Annual National Speakers Conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama from September 9 through 12. The meeting will be hosted by Alabama Speaker of the House, Mac McCutcheon. Speakers from all 50 states are invited to attend this annual event.

Registration is by invitation only. Invitations will be send out in June.

Location: Birmingham, AL

Sept. 24-27, 2020

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Portland

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Portland, OR, will host the fourth of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 8, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Creating Effective Stories to Share with Lawmakers: How to Create Stories to Move the Hearts, Minds, and VOTES of Lawmakers

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

People have trouble remembering facts, but they never forget a good story. Effective advocacy appeals to the heart, the head, and political health of the legislator. Learn how to organize and present your stories exercising the tactics actors use. This presentation includes the key elements of public policy advocacy storytelling, and walks participants through an exercise to develop their own personal stories to move the hearts, minds, and VOTES of lawmakers.

Location: Webinar

Oct. 26, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations. Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138

Dec. 15, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Freshmen Spotlight: How to Build Relationships with New Members of Congress

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Many advocates wake up the morning after elections to discover that their long-standing champions for their cause have been sent packing, causing a scramble to cultivate new congressional proponents on the Hill. Based on CMF research, including the first-ever survey of freshmen congressional offices in 2019, participants will learn about what it's like to set up and work in a freshman congressional office and how that impacts the strategies that many advocates commonly use to introduce themselves to new Members of Congress. This webinar is for citizen advocates as part of the Partnership for a More Perfect Union.

Location: Webinar

Jan. 15, 2021

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Washington, D.C.

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Washington, D.C., will host the fifth of NCSL's five Getting Ready to Redistrict: Seminars for Practitioners and Others. If you are a legislator, legislative staffer, a commissioner, a commission staffer, an outside advocate or just an interested member of the public, these seminars are for you. In 2 1/2 days, NCSL will deliver knowledge and practical instruction that you can customize for your state and your role in the process. Expect answers to:

  • What's the legal landscape for redistricting?
  • What technology is available for redistricting?
  • What data are useful to use for redistricting?
  • How do states balance various principles and priorities when they redistrict?
  • How do you involve the public in the process?
Location: Washington, DC
Feb. 12, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA

May 17-19, 2021

Urgency of Civility: A Springboard for Action

Organizer: The Urgency of Civility

The planning for the 2021 Urgency of Civility has already started! The 2021 Urgency of Civility conference will be May 17-19, 2021. Mark the date in your calendar.

The location of the 2021 conference will at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. We will have one evening session at the US Capital Building, home of the US Congress in Washington D.C.

Location: George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA

May 21, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA

June 17-18, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Advanced Facilitation Skills Workshop

Organizer: Essential Partners

Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance in difficult moments. The difficulty might be an unexpected tension among group members or challenges to the facilitator's legitimacy. As a facilitator, you avoid "deer in headlights" moments by developing the capacity to stay cool and think on your feet.

This workshop helps experienced facilitators navigate these delicate, confrontational, or explosive moments effectively, with purpose and poise. The curriculum leverages reflective practices and real-world scenarios to develop a facilitator's existing tools to meet the needs of the most challenging circumstances.

Location: Webinar

Nov. 18, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA