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April 6, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern)

Lessons Learned: Voting During COVID-19

Organizers: Convergence and Consensus Building Institute

Convergence and CBI invite you to join this upcoming webinar where we'll hear from Brian Corley as a county leader who just conducted Florida's primary election days ago amid the outbreak as well as Barb Byrum, County Clerk of Ingham County in Michigan, where she oversees elections. We'll have Brian and Barb address questions like:

  • What did turnout look like for your primary relative to past cycles?
  • How did vote by mail or other methods besides in-person voting get ramped up and utilized by more voters?
  • How were the in-person polling locations managed effectively for safety amid the pandemic?
  • Lessons and takeaways for November? We know states fall on a spectrum with some having robust no-excuse absentee voting operations in place and others having very limited current capacity for absentee or mail voting options.
  • What are the larger considerations to wrestle with beyond just the mechanics of standing up vote by mail and no-excuse absentee voting to make sure the election occurs successfully? How can we address public education and confidence knowing many people still vote in person early or on Election Day and may be learning about how these processes work for the first time? What are the funding challenges?
  • What populations in particular might face challenges to voting if processes change and how can we make sure they get the best possible information?
Location: Webinar
April 2, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern)

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Microtargeting

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Federal election commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the topic of microtargeting. Experts argue that microtargeting fractures civil society by creating separate digital realities for each of us, which can be problematic during a pandemic. Commissioner Weintraub will explain what microtargeting is, why it's worrying to democracy, and what concerned citizens can do about it.

Location: Streaming video

April 3, 2020

Media Literacy Challenge Submission Deadline

Organizers: The Flip Side and Civic Spirit

In today's media environment, most of us are exposed primarily to articles, messages, and posts that reinforce our existing way of thinking. Yet, there is tremendous power in understanding the logic of "the other side" for the purposes of problem-solving. The Media Literacy Challenge invites students ages 13 to 19 nationwide to learn to navigate today's complex media landscape. The winning submission will be read by thousands of newsletter The Flip Side subscribers and winners will attend a private lunch (in person or virtual) with The Flip Side founder Annafi Wahed and Spencer Bokat-Lindell, host of The New York Times' "Debatable" newsletter.

Location: Virtual

April 3, 2020
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM (Eastern)

Online Town Halls for the COVID-19 Crisis: Proven Methods to Connect, Learn, and Lead

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Now more than ever, it is critical that Members of Congress use the most effective methods for communicating with their constituents. The Congressional Management Foundation has been working with Member offices and political scientists for more than a decade to develop online and telephone town hall meetings that lead to civil and thoughtful dialogues on pressing issues before Congress. Constituents learned a lot through these events, and they changed people's attitudes towards Members and policy, as well as their voting behavior. These now proven methods could be used to help constituents learn about the crisis and change their behavior to slow the spread of COVID19.

This webinar will present the research demonstrating the influence of high quality online town hall meetings. Presenters also will walk staff through how to enhance the likelihood that public opinion and behavior can be changed through these forums. Participants will learn how to:

  • Explain how to recruit and prepare constituents for successful remote town hall meetings.
  • Demonstrate the power of engaging with informed constituents.
  • Provide guidance on how to change constituents' minds.
  • Give you the knowledge you need to have great remote town hall meetings.

Location: Webinar

April 7, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern)

Protect Public Health & Civic Health: Vote-by-Mail for 2020 Elections

Organizer: Business for America

Please join us for a nationwide call on the importance of voting by mail and how the business community can help make it happen. American business leaders are calling for the adoption of vote-by-mail in every state to protect public health while also protecting the voices of our employees and communities on Election Day. Public health is essential, but so is civic health. If we take action now, we do not have to sacrifice one to achieve the other.

Location: Webinar

April 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern)

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Organizing During a Pandemic

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Activist and political organizer Katie Fahey in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the subject of how to organize during a pandemic. Katie used social media to fight gerrymandering in Michigan, creating Voters Not Politicians. Now she runs The People, a national non-profit dedicated to democratic reform. Katie will speak about how the Internet can be used as a force for change, especially during our current public health crisis.

Location: Streaming video

April 14, 2020
12:00 PM

Emerging Legal Issues in Congressional Oversight and Investigation

Organizer: R Street Institute

he 116th Congress may rank with those of the Teapot Dome Scandal and Watergate in terms of its importance in defining the congressional powers of oversight and investigation. In just over a year, this Congress has seen a presidential impeachment trial that revolved, in part, around allegations that the president obstructed an impeachment investigation as well as an unprecedented amount of litigation regarding Congress's investigatory powers. This meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group will discuss these cases and the significant issues they have raised, including:

  • How to distinguish between investigations for purposes of legislative oversight, impeachment, and for other purposes?
  • What constitutes a "legitimate legislative purpose" needed for a congressional investigation?
  • To what extent can the president invoke executive privilege or "absolute immunity"?
  • Does Congress have standing to sue to enforce subpoenas?
  • Does executive branch counsel have the right to attend depositions of current or former government officials?
  • What is the extent of Congress' power to obtain grand jury information?
  • May Congress seek tax records or other personal information of the president?
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest, Room 2043, Washington, DC
April 25, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pheasant Glen Forum for Happy Strong Citizenship

Organizer: RepresentUs

Everyone knows our political system is broken. Here's what most people don't know: We can fix it. Unbreaking America shows why nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption – and what we can do to stop it. At Represent LA Verkin's Unbreaking America Screening, you will:

  • Watch Unbreaking America: Divided We Fall, the short film starring Michael Douglas, followed by a discussion about America's corruption crisis
  • Connect with current RepresentUs members in the La Verkin, Utah area
  • Learn how you can make an impact locally and nationally in the anti-corruption movement

Whether you're a longtime volunteer or brand new to the movement, this is the perfect opportunity to get informed and involved in Utah.

Location: TBD

April 30, 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

April 30-May 3, 2020

2020 SLLF Leadership Summit

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The 2020 SLLF Leadership Summit will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 30 through May 3. Plan to join us at the National Constitution Center where we will reacquaint you with the founding fathers and remind you of their sacrifices and love of liberty. On day two we will shift our focus to how today's America fits into the framework of our Constitution.

Registration is by invitation only. Invitations will be sent out in February 2020.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

May 5, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How to Create a Local Event That Will Attract a Member of Congress

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

As Tip O'Neil once stated, "all politics is local." CMF research shows that Members of Congress consider visits to local facilities to be one of the most valuable ways to understand constituent views and opinions – more than any other source of information. This webinar will show participants how to entice Members of Congress to attend local events or meet with key stakeholders. The program will walk participants through the steps to invite legislators to participate in a powerful in-person experience that promises to inform them about the impact your organization has in their district or state and educates them about your issues.

Location: Webinar

May 6-10, 2020

NCSL Redistricting Seminar: Las Vegas

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislators

Las Vegas will host the third 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
May 12, 2020
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Designing Intentional Workplace Cultures

Organizer: Essential Partners

Organizational culture, once an afterthought in many workplaces, is recognized today as a key ingredient for the long-term viability of for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. Strong workplace cultures generate creativity, resilience, and accountability. They can improve employee retention and create genuinely inclusive environments. To achieve all that, staff members need to be able to communicate effectively—to navigate differences of opinions, goals, and identities without creating dysfunctional cycles.

For thirty years, Essential Partners has helped design constructive cultures of communication, equipping diverse teams with the skills they need to lead effective meetings and collective decision-making processes. This evening workshop will introduce a framework that allows you to identify your team's unique communication culture. You'll then receive the tools to design an intentional culture, one that is both inclusive and effective.

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

May 13, 2020

Hack the Capitol 3.0

Organizer: ICS Village

Hack the Capitol 2.0 was an event in Washington, DC that happened at the Wilson Center on May 15, 2019 that provided hands-on education and awareness to Congressional Staffers, Think Tanks, and Press. This event had a significant value in raising awareness of our Nation's challenges with critical infrastructure and constructively providing kinesthetic learning at multiple levels.

Location: TBD

May 15-17, 2020

Unrig Spotlight 2020

Organizer: RepresentUs

Unrig Spotlight 2020 shines a bright light on the most vital and unmissable content for the 2020 cycle – powerful speakers, inspiring leaders, world class entertainment and more. Unrig Spotlight is a more focused program in a more intimate setting, featuring an all-day mainstage lineup supported by a highly-curated slate of empowering trainings and connection-building activities.

Location: New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

June 3-6, 2020

2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

Organizer: American Democracy Project

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for our annual conference, which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students and community partners. Together we will ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities—both public and private—prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and democracy need. Our 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE20) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work.

Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 S 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

June 11-12, 2020

Faculty Workshop: The Dialogic Classroom

Organizer: Essential Partners

From public universities to private colleges, Essential Partners has worked to adapt and innovate its approach to dialogue across differences for higher ed teaching. We call our model the dialogic classroom. From arts and humanities to STEM, we've trained hundreds of faculty to lead more open, productive discussions about difficult or divisive issues—topics like stem cell research, the role of race in American society, and gender identity. Join Essential Partners for a two-day training to learn how to implement the dialogic classroom. In first-year lecture classes and Ph.D. seminars alike, we have helped teachers and students make the shift to a dialogic classroom. The benefits have been broad and deep. Our research has found that the dialogic classroom:

  • Better, more constructive, more inclusive conversations about tough topics like race, immigration, gender, science and society, partisan polarization, or religion
  • Improved student retention of the course content
  • Greater student capacity to articulate and interrogate their own values and views
  • More consistent class participation among students who might be less likely to engage
  • Helps students feel like they belong.
Location: 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138
June 11-13, 2020

Younify

Organizer: Mediators Foundation

The United States of America was founded on the belief that we are stronger united than divided. Yet, with the unprecedented levels of polarization we are experiencing, lately it feels like there are powerful forces that are dividing us and compromising our American spirit.

We need something to cut through the fog of division and build respect between people of all backgrounds and opinions in order to help us find a more perfect union benefiting all.

YOUNIFY will build upon, aggregate and grow the work that is already happening in pockets all across the country where people are beginning to come together to reach across divides and find common ground.

Location: Salt Palace and Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

June 12, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Canvass Bonnaroo Art and Music Festival

Organizer: RepresentUs

Build momentum for anti-corruption wins at Bonnaroo! Join us in collecting signatures to gather support for the American Anti-Corruption Act. We'll talk to voters about our broken political system, the plan to fix it, and recruit new volunteers into the movement.

Join RepresentUs volunteers to:

  • Spread awareness about America's corruption crisis and how it impacts our lives
  • Learn how to use petitioning to build voter support for anti-corruption
  • Find new supporters to join Represent [city/chapter] and build support for campaign victories

Location: Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, 627 Campground Rd., Manchester, TN

June 18-20, 2020

2020 National Legislative Conference

Organizer: Women in Government

There is so much to celebrate, so join us in recognizing:

  • Hear from experts from Honda about legislative best practices that states can implement to ensure the integrity of vehicles and consumer safety.
  • The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The Suffrage Centennial!
  • The 3rd annual Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Women In Government Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts Award.
Location: Renaissance Downtown, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC
June 30, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers and Why It's Important

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Building relationships with elected officials can sometimes be difficult and uncomfortable. It forces you and your key stakeholders to get close to politicians in ways that may feel "prickly" – like hugging a porcupine. This program will help participants overcome that discomfort, revealing the methods and benefits for building relationships with elected officials. Participants will learn: who Members of Congress and state legislators listen to; what congressional staffers believe are the most effective communications tactics for influencing undecided Members of Congress; and how to conduct effective in-person meetings, influence legislators at town hall meetings, as well as effective advocacy in the state/district.

Location: Webinar

July 16-19, 2020

2020 Conference of State Majority Leaders

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

The 8th annual Conference of State Majority Leaders will take place in San Diego, California from July 16-19, 2020. Our host will be California Senate Majority Leader, Robert Hertzberg. This is the only meeting dedicated exclusively to our states' senate and house majority leaders. 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: San Diego, CA

July 28, 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

Aug. 19-22, 2020

Women's Leadership Seminar

Organizer: State Legislative Leaders Foundation

An ability to handle chaos and curveballs can make or break your success as a legislative leader. This is a skills-based retreat for women in leadership interested better managing change as well as their chambers. By improving your ability to diagnose the legislative landscape, you will be able to generate a broader range of action options that help you make progress on the issues facing your state. Connect with other women legislative leaders in Cape Cod and come prepared to engage in a legislative problem or two that keeps you up at night, or reflect on a past challenge from which you can learn new lessons.

Location: Cape Cod, MA

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
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