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Sept. 30, 2020
5:30 PM (Eastern)

How Will a Disputed Election Impact the Economy and the Financial Markets?

Organizer: Reform Elections Now

The 2020 election could result in a stalemate, or worse. Donald Trump should lead on election night, but as mail-in votes are counted, Joe Biden could gain a lead. These mail-in votes could take weeks or months to count. Election results could be challenged. Republican legislatures in swing states could approve slates of Trump electors, while Democratic governors in the same states approve slates of Biden electors, leaving both sides with less than 270 electoral votes.

Loopholes in the 12th, 17th and 20th amendments could lead to an impasse in Congress. Nancy Pelosi, as third in line, could claim the presidency. The Senate could approve Mike Pence as vice president, who then would claim the presidency. Protests and chaos could erupt. With disorder, Trump could invoke the Emergency Powers Act and indicate he would remain as president until the emergency has ended. With counting continuing, Biden could claim he has won the election and should be president. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group in Congress could try to resolve the impasse by invoking the 20th amendment and appointing George W. Bush and Al Gore as interim president and vice president.

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If this stalemated scenario plays out, how should investors and businesspeople react? This webinar will attempt to answer that question and more.

Location: Webinar

Sept. 30, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual Film Screening of 'Unrepresented'

Organizer: Millennial Action Project

"UnRepresented" is an award-winning documentary that uncovers the mechanisms that drive the cycle of corruption in Congress—giving political insiders enormous, unchecked power. The film explores how special interests bankroll political campaigns and relentlessly lobby to rig the system in their favor, all while following the letter of the law.

Featuring luminaries and leaders including Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig and Rep. Justin Amash, the film reveals the powerful possibilities to reform our government to better represent the people.

Location: Virtual

Sept. 30, 2020
6:00 PM (Eastern)

Who Votes, Who Doesn’t and Why It Matters

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

A little more than half of eligible voters participated in recent elections which means .. close to half did not. Who doesn't vote and why?

Join 92Y for a discussion that will explore the latest findings on non-voters with insights from The Knight Foundation's landmark 100 Million Project. Why are so many Americans disengaged from the political process? What would change if they turned out to vote?


Location: Virtual

Oct. 1, 2020
10:00 AM (Eastern)

Follow the Money: Understanding the Threat Covert Foreign Financing Poses to Democracies

Organizers: Alliance for Securing Democracy and the European Centre of Excellence on Hybrid Threats in Helsinki

You are invited to a virtual, interactive discussion on the threat malign financial activity poses to democracies across the transatlantic space. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the panelists on these topics in a question-and-answer portion of the virtual event.

Authoritarian powers like China and Russia are covertly financing political actors to undermine democracies. Authoritarians use malign financial activity as a geopolitical tool to exploit the openness of Western institutions and economies. Democracies must act — both domestically and in concert with allies — to strengthen their institutions and improve transparency to shine a light on authoritarian efforts and mitigate this growing threat.

Panelists will discuss the vulnerabilities that authoritarian actors exploit and the steps that democracies should take to both prevent and respond to this behavior. The event will highlight the importance of transatlantic cooperation in countering financial threats and offer a deep dive into how each side of the Atlantic is actively attempting to address covert foreign money.

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Location: Webinar

Oct. 1, 2020
10:30 AM (Eastern)

Journalism: A Tense Present and Future

Organizer: Association of Former Members of Congress

At a time where international institutions of all kinds are under siege, and behavioral guardrails in politics are disappearing, voters around the world rely on accurate facts to make the decision on who they trust to lead their nations. However, in the United States and abroad, misinformation, social media, and interference by foreign governments is making an informed, engaged electorate harder than ever to maintain. FMC has collected a panel of journalists from across the world to discuss the causes, and solutions, to a crisis of fact around our globe.

The roundtable will be moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, who has a unique outlook on these questions. He has worked as a journalist, as a Congressional staffer in charge of guiding message creation, and as a Member of Congress, who was under the eye of the media all day. The roundtable will address several topics, including coverage of the United States Presidential election, how people around the world view journalism and journalists, and if the industry can increase trust by their consumers.

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Location: Webinar

Oct. 1, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: West Virginia

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

Oct. 2, 2020
9:15 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Disinformed democracy: The past, present, and future of information warfare

Organizer: Brookings Institution

In 2016, Russian operatives waged an information war, including cyberattacks and inauthentic social media campaigns, designed to stoke political divisions and undermine the U.S. presidential election. Before they became front-page news, Russian influence operations had existed for decades. But in recent years, a range of domestic and international factors — in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere — have spotlighted the dangers of information manipulation campaigns, which now threaten the 2020 election. These drivers, alongside a rapidly evolving information technology and communications landscape, necessitate innovative policy ideas and a whole-of-society approach to protect democratic societies.

Join a virtual conference to examine the past, present, and future of disinformation and efforts to combat it. Following welcome remarks by Brookings President John R. Allen, Brookings Senior Fellow Fiona Hill and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster will frame the event with a conversation on McMaster's new book, "Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World." Then, Hill and Brookings Fellow and Deputy Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative Chris Meserole will moderate three panel discussions on the history of Russian influence operations leading up to 2016, the domestic factors that contribute to disinformation and other threats to democracy, and novel strategies for combatting information warfare in the future.

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Viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at #Policy2020.

Location: Webcast

Oct. 4, 2020
7:00 PM (Eastern)

Politics For The People Book Club

Organizers: Independent Voting and The People

The book club's fall selection is "The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy," by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter. Gehl will be joining the Politics for the People discussion on Sunday, October 4 at 7 pm EDT. While you read, interact with others by checking out their reviews and chapter summaries today at politics4thepeople.com.

Location: Webinar

Oct. 6, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM (Hawaii-Aleutian)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: Hawaii

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

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. 13, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:45 PM (Pacific)

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative: California

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

Oct. 13, 2020
6:00 PM (Eastern)

Making an Impact: Voting, Good Public Policy and Overcoming Partisanship

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

Why does it matter if everyone votes? Have politics become more partisan?

Please join 92Y in collaboration with The Jack Brooks Foundation, for a virtual discussion with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Cecile Richards (Supermajority, Make Trouble), Timothy McNulty (Chicago Tribune, "The Meanest Man in Congress"), and Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at the New Yorker and former chief speechwriter in the Carter White House.

The discussion will explore the political, social, and economic influence Texas has played throughout American history, and how it has stood as both a reflection and bellwether of national political trends. Texas Congressman Jack Brooks' (1922-2012) career spanned the tenures of 10 US presidents. Brooks authored important legislation during his 42 years in Congress that remains foundational to our nation's laws to this day. The Congressman was known for working both sides of the aisle to secure important legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and drafted the articles of impeachment for Nixon.

Enjoy a rich conversation with some of our greatest thought leaders about how politics is practiced today as seen through the lens of Congressman Brooks' amazing story.

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Location: Virtual

Oct. 19, 2020
6:00 PM (Eastern)

Women: More than a Constituency

Organizer: 92nd Street Y

Women are more than half the population and have cast almost ten million more votes than men in recent elections.

And yet, women are often thought of as a specific constituency as opposed to the larger number of practicing voters. On the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, join Emily Tisch Sussman in conversation with Valerie Jarrett to explore how women went from disenfranchised to the deciders of the next president.

Location: Virtual

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